There's breaking the law and then there's a way of bending the law meticulously in order to get around the rules.
So when you're attempting to sell something that's technically illegal, you can just pass it off as a complimentary gift and just charge more for the product that's actually being sold, right?
That's what HighSpeed, a startup delivery company based in Boston, is attempting to do in order to sell marijuana to customers.
The business model is simple – Sell a cup of lemonade, give a free gift with purchase to each customer.
And in order to cover the costs of the drugs, customers are charged a solid $55 per cup.
So the real question comes down to this – Is it legal?
Well, technically. Maybe --- Honestly, even the legislators aren't exactly sure.
Here's what we do know.
As of December 2016, the state of Massachusetts passed a law that made "growing, purchasing, possessing, and using limited amounts" of pot completely legal.
Direct sales within the state are illegal (until regulation begins in 2018) but gifting up to one ounce of marijuana is legal (granted that it's non-promotional).
But HighSpeed founder and CEO David Umeh is quick to make sure the public knows that this is not primarily a marijuana-selling company:
"The thing about HighSpeed: We're not a marijuana company. We're a technology startup. We're a delivery company. And we deliver juice."
State legislators aren't buying it either.
Chief Legal Counsel of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in Massachusetts, David M Solet, wrote a letter to district attorneys within the state which called HighSpeed a:
"...Thinly-concealed scheme to obscure the illegal sale of marijuana by an unlicensed seller."
Solet closed the letter with a call to action:
"We are referring this to your respective offices for investigation."
Until then, it looks like Boston residents will continue to enjoy their abnormally-overpriced juices.
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