Albuquerque, NM (KRQE) – The legalization of recreational marijuana in New Mexico has generated tens of millions of dollars in sales, and now there’s another way to make money from the pot trade. A local store is now delivering orders to customers’ front doors.
Duke City Herbs is located on the edge of Nob Hill. For the past seven years, they have focused on holistic treatments. When cannabis became legal this spring, it added an entertainment bowl to its shelves.
“I knew this was a need, especially in the community, even for other companies that would be the next need,” says Jana Quetero, owner of Duke City Herbs.
Now, it offers a new service to deliver cannabis directly to the doors of its customers. “It only took two months. Honestly, it didn’t take that long. I had all my papers in order. So as soon as I opened it, I went and sent it in.”
Quitero says it was easy to apply for their courier license. The state says that since it began selling recreational utensils, it has granted only 20 express delivery licenses. Adding a courier license to a business costs $250.
said Robert Sacks, deputy director of policy for the Cannabis Control Division Inc.
Many feel that the courier option attracts more customers. “We’ve been getting a lot of feedback with the addition of the internet for cannabis delivery. So now we’ve probably added close to 30 new customers for delivery.”
Since April 1, sales of recreational cannabis have totaled more than $87 million for the state. According to the New Mexico Department of Cannabis Control, there are 478 licensed retailers in the state.