Uber could start delivering cannabis if it's decriminalized under federal law, its CEO said

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GettyImages 1176816141 (1) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, UBER, speaks onstage during the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 2 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Riccardo Savi/Getty Images
  • Uber could deliver weed in the US when federal laws allow it, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Monday.

  • Cannabis delivery services are legally available for adults in New York, California, Nevada, and Oregon.

  • "We're absolutely going to take a look at it," Khosrowshahi told CNBC.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Monday said the taxi firm might start delivering cannabis if federal laws change.

"When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we're absolutely going to take a look at it," Khosrowshahi told CNBC.

Cannabis is currently illegal under US federal law, but 15 states and Washington, D.C, have legalized the drug for adults over the age of 21. Thirty-six states have legalized medical marijuana so far.

Weed delivery services are legally available for those aged 21 years olds or above in California, Nevada, Oregon, and most recently New York, the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on March 31.

Medicinal cannabis was already legal in New York before the bill.

Read more: Uber is battling DoorDash to rule food delivery. These are the steps Uber's CEO is taking to topple Eats' biggest rival.

Insider reported on April 6 that Virginia and New Mexico were close to legalizing recreational marijuana.

Khosrowshahi said in the interview that Uber wanted to concentrate on deliveries of food and alcohol.

"For right now with grocery, with food, with alcohol, etc., we see so much opportunity out there, and we're going to focus on the opportunity at hand," Khosrowshahi said.

Uber didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment about Khosrowshahi's remarks.

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