Secure Cannabis Transportation License: A discussion with business owner Amy Sharp
Anthony Sabia owner of 0420Inc.com and CannabisAmp.com sat down with Amy Sharp, long-time cannabis activist and cannabis wholesale and transportation professional to discuss her secure cannabis transportation company. Amy’s involvement in the industry began when she supported her husband’s efforts to open one of the first of the five cannabis business in Denver in 2009 and has been actively involved in leadership, marketing, communication and advocacy for nearly 10 years. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and seeks opportunities to create solutions to the issues and challenges facing the cannabis industry. If you are a wholesale cultivation, infused product manufacturer or dispensary, Amy’s latest project is something you’ll want to pay attention to.
Amy’s newest venture is a professional, accountable approach to wholesale cannabis transportation. Licensed by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), the company, which is launching in the next few weeks, will be the future of wholesale cannabis transportation and will change the way that Colorado cannabis products are distributed through the state. In 2017, the MED began taking applications from companies and providing license to legitimize a state licensed, secure, cannabis transportation sector for the industry. Individual badge holders can no longer independently move cannabis around the state. Amy was one of the first three businesses to apply for, and receive, a secure transportation license.
Transportation companies work with cultivators, processors and dispensaries to move product around for business to business (B2B) sales and distribution. Some companies have been in the cannabis courier business since 2014, and Amy says she is grateful to have an opportunity to share the market with them. She believes that there is plenty of room and opportunity in this niche for all the potential companies. Licenses are available and as of this article’s publishing date, six licenses have been granted.
Providing additional details on the license, Amy mentioned there are both medical and recreational secure transportation licenses, and her company holds one of each. The license doesn’t require the owner to have a brick and mortar premise. Transportation companies that have no premises have 24-hours to pick up and deliver product packages. Brick and mortar locations will also be required to have a storage license, and are able to store product for up to 7 days. This business type will evolve into a hub style distribution chain for B2B wholesale in the Colorado cannabis market.
When asked, “What kind of problems does a secure transportation company solve for this industry”? Amy answered, “The western slope and rural areas to not get the quality and diversity of products available around the metro areas.” This new segment of the industry will help the under-severed areas of Colorado. Additionally, Amy mentioned her new business is focused on providing compliant and secure product transportation and provide a system to tracking product during transportation.
This emerging transportation network will allow fluid movement of product all over the state of Colorado. Currently, Amy says, there are breaks in the supply chain between the western slope and the Front Range. Having this type of business will provide more movement of product throughout Colorado, increasing customer access to desirable product and improving the selection available in more rural areas of the state. This is a win-win for dispensary owners and wholesale distributors.
Amy is an innovator and is in the process of adapting new technologies that will elevate and enhance the wholesale and delivery process. Her approach will be akin to creating a “secure facility” concept while the product is being transported. As a witness to the industry from a time before the MED was established, cannabis was transported in backpacks, joints were blazed in facilities and parties thrown by dispensaries included edible smorgasbords, Amy has seen the industry mature and change over the last 10 years. Her ability to adapt and adopt provided her with the opportunity to predict the needs of the changing industry.
Amy hopes to see this secure transportation license evolve into an opportunity for home delivery. She believes that currently, veterans and medical marijuana patients have limited access to the medicine that they need, and is hoping that Colorado will continue to push to pass a law that allows home delivery. She points out that a large population of the market is unable to access the products they want or need. “Police officers, Soccer moms, Judges, Professors, Senior Citizens, State and Federal Employees all want a discrete, convenient and secure way to access cannabis”. Colorado has rejected proposed bills in the past that would allow cannabis delivery. Amy is confident that this new license type will allow the rule makers to re-assess that opportunity.
Currently, Amy’s new company employs three executives and approximately six drivers. She hopes to hire another four drivers to round out her staff. If you are a cannabis wholesaler, dispensary, cultivation or MIP, and you are interested in secure cannabis transportation.
Along with her passion to create an enhanced, reliable, comprehensive wholesale and Transportation Company, Amy is involved with several humanitarian efforts. Presently, Amy has created a fundraiser for Jason Margolies, a member of the community who is suffering with stage four colon cancer. The first annual Jason Margolies Golf Tournament will be held October 5st, 2018 at Kennedy Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. For more details and information about how to participate click: https://secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/6712/
Additionally, Amy has plans to participate in efforts to help Puerto Rico re-stabilize their cannabis market after the hurricane. Amy is always looking for opportunities to have a positive impact on the cannabis industry, and seeks new ways to connect and collaborate with local and national communities and get involved in humanitarian efforts.