Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on CNBC Monday that the ride-hailing company would consider delivering cannabis “when the road is clear.”
“When federal laws come into play, we’re definitely going to look into it,” Khosrowshahi said.
Khosrowshahi made the comments as part of a conversation about Uber’s acquisition of Boston-based alcohol delivery service Drizly in February. Not part of that $ 1.1 billion acquisition was Lantern, a cannabis delivery service that Drizly launched in May 2020. Lantern will continue to operate independently.
Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, but about three dozen US states have decriminalized the drug, either for medical or recreational purposes – some for both uses. Last month, New York passed the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Law, legalizing recreational use and dropping the files of people convicted on marijuana-related charges who are no longer punishable.
And while legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level has been unsuccessful in recent years, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in February that they would work together to advance comprehensive cannabis reform legislation in the current Congress. All three senators previously supported legislation to decriminalize cannabis in some form.
Uber declined to provide additional comments on Khosrowshahi’s comments. The CEO told CNBC that Uber will continue to focus on expanding its delivery business for the foreseeable future. “For now with groceries, with food, with alcohol, etc., we see so many opportunities out there and we are going to focus on the opportunity that is available.”