Uber may start delivering weed once federal laws allow it to bring cannabis to customers

UBER has said it might start delivering weed once federal laws allow it to drop cannabis to its customers.

The company's boss, Dara Khosrowshahi, said Uber would "absolutely" consider delivering cannabis "when the road is clear".

Cannabis is currently illegal under US federal law – but more than a dozen states have legalized the drug for adults.

Weed delivery services are legally available for Americans over the age of 21 in California, Nevada, Oregon, New York.

And Uber could soon join the ranks of weed delivery companies.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC: "When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we're absolutely going to take a look at it."

Khosrowshahi said Uber wanted to concentrate on deliveries of food and alcohol.

"We see so much opportunity out there, and we're going to focus on the opportunity at hand," Khosrowshahi said.

Uber stock reportedly jumped more than 2 percent on Monday after the company posted record bookings for the month of Month – suggesting a rising demand for its services.

New York only recently legalized weed after lawmakers reached a marijuana deal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's confirmed that he had signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act at the end of March.

The Empire State, which often claims to be the first in the nation to do many things, is the 16th state in the nation to legalize marijuana use after the state Legislature gave pot use the greenlight.

It's estimated to bring in an addition $350 million in annual tax revenues and create anywhere between 30,000 and 60,000 new jobs.

The additional funds, which come as the cash-strapped states look for ways to move forward following the economic toll of the pandemic, will go to various special revenue funds.

Many lawmakers lauded the historic legislation as the right step forward in helping many who were jailed on low-level drug offenses.

It comes after an American businessman who legally smoked marijuana in Las Vegas before flying to Dubai faces jail after the drug was detected in his urine.

Peter Clark is facing a three-year prison sentence on a drugs charge after traces of the substance showed up in hospital tests after he needed emergency treatment.

He told Mail Online: "I was absolutely stunned to learn that I was being charged due to residual marijuana in my system. I smoked it legally back in America long before I even got on the plane.

"I knew about Dubai’s strict drugs laws but never for one moment did I think something I legally did in my own country would lead to my arrest."

During his time in jail, the vein where the IV line was inserted became infected and prison staff didn't give him the antibiotics that he was prescribed, Clark claimed.

He is now on a "no fly list" and has to remain in Dubai until prosecutors come to a verdict.

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