Flying cars are still nowhere in sight, but at least marijuana could soon take to the friendly skies
Flying cars are still nowhere in sight, but at least cannabis could be taking to the U.S. friendly skies sometime soon.
GRN Holdings Corporation has reported it is has signed a letter of intent to buy a company called Squad Drone and launch a business-to-business cannabis delivery service that could lift off as soon as next month.
“It has been hard for me to keep this project a secret, because it is so cool,” said Justin Costello, the company’s CEO. “This is the boldest move yet in the industry we have gotten involved with, and we anticipate that we will be working diligently with state regulators to make sure the technology meets the regulatory standards and requirements set forth in various states,” Costello said.
Confidence is as high as the anticipated drones. “We anticipate the entire industry will adopt this where applicable,” he said.
The company expects to operate six drones with a payload of up to 40 kg and a delivery range of 10 km. The drones will be equipped with an advanced GPS system and utilize the CannaTrac payment system to complete transactions.
“It’s awesome that our company can be part of something so groundbreaking while helping to create cashless safety standards for the hemp and cannabis industry,” said Tom Gavin, CEO of CannaTrac. “This hits all the needed elements for a true market disruptor.”
The company claimed that its “eco-sensitive” service — which it intends to licence to cannabis firms — will remove about 80 per cent of delivery and security costs, while improving arrival time and safety. The battery-powered drones will be operated out of a Seattle command centre and be operated by licenced pilots.
“In speaking with Justin, basically the cost to run and operate a drone is one-tenth of a van or sprinter, so this is not some move to change an industry on just policy or technology. This will change an industry based on safety and cost savings as well,” Gavin said.
Written by David Yasvinski