“Delivery”—be it summoning to your door a plate of pasta, a bottle of wine, or a new couch—is a way of life in New York City. This was true even before the pandemic, when for months the only activity on otherwise deserted streets was the constant whiz of essential workers on electric bicycles, ferrying toilet paper, snacks, and anything else that can be stuffed in a backpack to apartment lobbies and beyond.
Delivery is also the classic mode of obtaining cannabis in New York—which, depending on whom you ask, could be the biggest single market for marijuana in the United States. This is logical. For most of the past 30 years, New York City was the national capital for marijuana arrests. Conducting business indoors was the best way to ensure that business was conducted away from prying eyes of meddling neighbors and troublesome police. And while underground dispensaries and pop-up markets existed then and now, a static location invites complications. Inviting the marijuana deliveryman up to your apartment for a brief trunk show and awkward chat before the inevitable sale is simply the smart thing to do.
But for how much longer? Owing to the difficulty of driving around the boroughs, delis and restaurants rely on the aforementioned electric bikes. Existing (underground, illegal) cannabis delivery services—which aren’t far removed at all from the bike-riding Guy in High Maintenance—aren’t much different. And they may be on the way out.