Safety under review after marijuana dispensary driver robbed in northeast valley – FOX5 Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) —  A marijuana delivery driver was ambushed by two men in the Northeast part of the valley. 

It happened at an apartment complex near Las Vegas and North Nellis boulevards.

The driver couldn’t find the right apartment so the customer went out to meet him. A second man ran up. He and the customer knocked the driver to the ground, stole the weed and ran off.

Investigators did not reveal which dispensary or third party delivery service the driver is associated with.

Delivery options have become more popular since recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.

Industry experts believe this was the first time a driver was robbed, while on the job.

Dispensaries hope the incident will spark safety changes.

“Because we’re a cash-based business and because it’s cannabis as well, there’s a lot more attention brought on us as an industry, instead of delivering pizza,” said cannabis consultant Jason Sturtsman.

Packages, food and now cannabis can be delivered right to your front door.

“There are so many people that either can’t or don’t want to come to the actual store,” said assistant manager at Acres Dispensary Nate Hinckley.

Marijuana delivery drivers have to follow their own set of state rules.

“They have to transport it in a locked container in a trunk,” said Sturtsman.

Drivers must obtain and carry a marijuana establishment agent card, issued by the state. They cannot carry more than five ounces of weed in a single trip. They can only deliver to the person who placed the order and the drop off location must be that person’s house.

“You can’t just show up to any business like a McDonald’s and have cannabis delivered,” said Sturtsman.

Dispensaries like Acres also require customers to make an online profile.

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