Welcome to the future! Here’s George Jetson: pushes a button and a robot in the sky drops a spliff into his hand.
The Seattle-based company with the sexy name of GRN Holding Company has announced its plans to deliver weed by way with drones bought in its purchase of the company Squad Drone.
When the program launches, it will be for business to business shipment, with a payload capability of up to 40 kilograms for producers, processors, and retailers. The drones will even be able to take your payment themselves through a cashless system.
“It has been hard for me to keep this project a secret, because it is so cool… We anticipate the entire industry will adopt this where applicable,” Justin Costello, CEO of GRN Holding Corporation, said in a statement.
The drones will be run by a crew of about 20 employees, and commanded by a control center in Seattle.
The fleet has been undergoing testing for about a year and GRN says it will be working with regulators to get their program up to snuff before it’s unveiled to the market.
One concern the company hasn’t addressed is piracy, bandits taking to the skies to get their hands on that 40 kg payload.
The worry was however expressed by Seattle radio host Aaron Mason on KIRO, who spoke, as if a ghost from postwar America, about “young toughs” with slingshots.
“I wonder how many young toughs out there are going to bring out the old slingshots and try and shoot down a drone carrying pounds of weed,” Mason said. “I don’t know, but I assume someone has thought about this.”
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