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After weed trucks seized in New York, Uncle Budd launches app to ‘gift’ cannabis

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Consumers donate to receive cannabis flower, vaporizers, edibles, cartridges and pre-roll joints with same-day delivery

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As New Yorkers wait for the city to establish its cannabis retail regulations, enterprising business owners are figuring out new ways to get cannabis to consumers.

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Uncle Budd, a Harlem-based business, first came on the scene with colourful cannabis trucks, where consumers could donate and receive the gift of ganja. But after all 12 of the businesses’ trucks were confiscated by police last month, Uncle Budd is now offering same-day delivery across the city with the launch of a new app.

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  1. Though cannabis is now decriminalized in New York, the regulatory framework for dispensaries and licenses is still in the works.

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  2. New York legalized recreational cannabis last March, but bureaucratic delays have stalled the launch of sales. /

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  3. “These trucks and their vendors don’t have permits so we took action!” /

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Speaking with Benzinga, Uncle Budd says he still has no idea where his trucks are but that hasn’t slowed down the business.

“Since our trucks were confiscated, we rolled out a high-tech UberEATS-style weed delivery app. It’s very simple: if you’re 21, you get on the app, upload your driver’s licence, pick out what you want and someone delivers it,” said Uncle Budd, adding that consumers are not buying weed, but donating to an important cause.

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“It’s not a big money-maker for us because a large part of what we make is contributed to the cannabis culture which is what we are trying to keep alive,” Uncle Budd said.

Earlier this year, Weed World, another business offering cannabis in exchange for donations, had a dozen of its trucks towed out of Times Square after accumulating a half-million dollars worth of parking tickets.

“It is important for the City of New York not to accept the status quo in terms of disorder in our streets and these trucks, collecting parking tickets, adds to that disorder,” Tom Harris, the president of the Times Square Alliance, told New York Daily News, after police towed the trucks.

About two months later, in August, another 19 cannabis trucks were seized by police.

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Earlier this year, Chris Alexander, executive director of New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), told The New York Times that somewhere between 100 and 200 of the state’s first cannabis licences will go to individuals with past cannabis convictions or those who have family members with past convictions.

In February, the OCM sent cease and desist letters to more than two dozen businesses suspected of “gifting” and illegally selling cannabis.

“We want to make sure these operators fully understand the law and the consequences they face and now that these letters have been sent, we fully expect them to cease and desist their activities — if they don’t, we will take action,” Alexander said at the time.

In the meantime, New Yorkers are getting more acclimated to the smell of pot, according to both Uncle Budd and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

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Last month, Uncle Budd noted in a press release that New York “used to smell like garbage and now thanks mostly to Uncle Budd NYC it smells like that sweet sweet cheeba.”

Adams, meanwhile, couldn’t help but notice the “fragrance of freedom” during a press conference earlier this week, reports Leafly.

“One law that was passed is clearly being practised right now, because I smell some weed,” Adams remarked, before pointing to someone in the crowd and adding, “You smell that, Marcia?”

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