Seattle entrepreneur testing the law with his pot delivery service

Seattle entrepreneur testing the law with his pot delivery service
SEATTLE -- In a matter of months, any adult will be able to walk into a state-licensed store and buy marijuana, but one Seattle entrepreneur is making it his business to take pot directly to the customers.

Evan, who doesn't want his identity known, needs to make a living for himself and his family, and he believes there's money to be made by delivering pot.

He also wants to help push the state to adopt the most liberal interpretation of how legalized marijuana should look.

"We provide a service that delivers legal marijuana to the average, everyday Washington citizen," Evan said.

The founder of the Winterlife Co-Op, Evan said he's operating the first delivery service in the state for recreational pot users.

He advertises on Craigslist and markets heavily on Twitter. He claims he has hundreds of customers who want more privacy and like the convenience of getting their pot delivered.

"People are a little insecure, and people would rather have me come to their doorstep or have me meet them on a residential block by their house where they can still remain anonymous," he said.

Winterlife has been making deliveries since voter-approved I-502 went into effect, but the State Liquor Control Board says the business is illegal.

"No, the rules specifically state there will be no home marijuana delivery," said Brian Smith with the Liquor Control Board.

The board did consider deliveries, but decided there's a public safety risk.

"Once someone leaves the office and they go out into the field and they are selling marijuana," Smith said. "It's not under the state licensed system where there are controls in place and how it can be sold and who can be selling and the interaction between the customer and the actual retailer."

Evan and his partners are willing to push the boundaries of the new law and believe the same voters who legalized recreational pot want the right to have it delivered to them, no matter what the state says.

"I would challenge them on that," Evan said. "I would be happy to challenge them."

Evan said he gets his marijuana from legal sources and doesn't actually charge customers for the product. Instead, he charges for his delivery services. It's a gray area that's also used in the medical pot market. He also said his company doesn't provide services to minors or out of state.

Seattle police say Evan's business would be a very low priority issue for them.