E-commerce usually plays a part in the operation of a business. In 2013, worldwide business-to-business e-commerce sales topped $1.2 trillion, a figure that has only continued to grow as time went on. Cannabis e-commerce, however, has not taken off, of course, given the federal laws that surround it, making it a nearly impossible proposition. This is a reality not just for companies who sell cannabis, for those who sell any related items, such as bongs or storage containers.
Amazon and other big e-commerce platforms are able to sell nearly everything from hydroponics and irrigation controls to harvesting equipment and oil extraction supplies. The only thing consumers will not find online without facing severe restrictions is the drug itself. For recreational marijuana retailers who are considering taking their business to the web, meeting with a skilled cannabis attorney is crucial to ensuring that they are in full compliance with the law.
Given that e-commerce invites the idea of border-crossing business, sellers may be violating federal law if they ship their products across state lines, into areas where it has yet to be legalized. It may also invite difficulties with tariffs and taxes. Some industry insiders may suggest that sellers can do business discreetly online, but that is a risk no one should take.
The San Francisco marijuana law attorneys at Hallinan and Hallinan, PC can help you comply with all relevant regulations to ensure that your cannabis-based business is in complete compliance with the law. When operating your business, it is crucial to consistently remain within the boundaries of state and local laws to stay profitable and effective.
If you are an entrepreneur engaged in the production, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, or are interested in starting a business in this field, contact our San Francisco dispensary attorneys today by calling (415) 941-4206.