WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Pizza, groceries, alcohol - the list of things that can be delivered to your door is growing. A new company is now delivering cold-pressed juices along with a bag of marijuana to customers within the District.
You might be wondering if this is legal. Here's what we do know: if you're over 21, it's legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and it's legal for you to give up to an ounce to another person who's also over age 21 in the District. However, selling any amount is illegal in DC.
New startup HighSpeed's CEO David Umeh says his company is operating legally because they are selling the juice and gifting the pot, "Primarily before anything else we're a cold pressed juice delivery company. So, we sell cold pressed juice. Anybody that uses HighSpeed and got cannabis, it was Christmas. We celebrate Christmas every day and that's why we're legal."
Here's how the 25-year-old California entrepreneur's company works: You can order a juice for $11. Add a side of "love" and now you're paying $55. Add a "lot of love" and it'll cost you $150. Presumably, you get a larger gift of marijuana, the more you spend.
Tech site DC Inno's Ryan Ferguson picked the 2nd option, "About an hour later, we got our delivery of our juice and an eighth of an ounce of marijuana.....The juice was good, it wasn't the one I ordered but it was an aloe lemonade and it was pretty tasty."
After Ferguson wrote about it for DC Inno and DCist did too, Umeh says sales are sky-high and his phone hasn't stopped ringing, "It feels like a recurring knock on the door."
Seems Umeh is trying to serve the market Kush Gods left behind. Head God Nicholas Cunningham pled guilty to two counts of selling marijuana to an undercover police officer. Cunningham claimed the company accepted donations, rather than payment. Prosecutors called that incredulous. Here's Umeh's take on his business model, "There's actually one price for the juice and then there are different options to give love to HighSpeed for doing what we do."
That can include events and other costs which can add up. Umeh says while business is going well, he's cautiously optimistic, "As long as I keep all my bases covered, not only will I stop being scared but I hope to inspire other people to be proactive in the future about things other than cannabis.
Ferguson says, "From what I've seen, what we got in terms of juice and marijuana with no delivery fee is actually a pretty reasonable price."
Another way Umeh says they are different than others is Highspeed's website asks for your drivers license number and state presumably to verify your age.
HighSpeed has been in business for 2 months, and they already have hundreds of customers, most of them from Northwest D.C.