Derek Haupt has often been 1 to stick to the guidelines, says his company companion and life companion Kristi DeYoung.

Haupt spent 11 years in the Navy prior to healthcare retirement, followed by a profession in telecommunications.

The couple met at the identical telecommunications corporation that, just after a key downsizing, presented them each a buyout. They applied the funds from their respective severance packages to get started Blue Apple Enterprises, an interstate hemp transport corporation.

Haupt mentioned they attended Cannacon in Seattle final year to find out about transporters, which primarily exist inside Washington to securely haul legal cannabis in between shops and growers. They had been encouraged to find out that no 1 is considering beyond state borders.

They also have some loved ones history: Haupt’s father and grandfather had been in the trucking business, and each he and DeYoung grew up about agriculture and farming.

DeYoung was also a transport engineer, functioning on massive communications projects in Alaska. When Haupt’s parents moved from Montana to Las Vegas a handful of years ago, the couple drove a U-Haul for them and had a blast.

Blue Apple Enterprises acquired its company license at the finish of Might. Till interstate guidelines for cannabis modify, they will only haul hemp or CBD goods as extended as they meet a threshold of .three % of THC or much less.

There had been a lot of hoops to jump via, which includes safety, even even though no solution is kept at their facility in Liberty Lake. They also had to discover insurance coverage and stick to other specifications that cannabis retailers or producers/processors need to stick to.

Blue Apple operates a complete-size, refrigerated cargo van, which the couple drives themselves. Some clients have currently been requesting bigger quantities that would call for a tractor-trailer, anything they do not presently have.

They have applied to be a freight broker and their bond has been authorized. But they nonetheless want approval from the Federal Motor Carrier Security Administration. As soon as this takes place, they will be in a position to employ independent owner-operator truckers.

Complicating their company model is that each and every state has distinctive guidelines on moving hemp, even even though it is a federally-authorized crop to develop or sell.

“It’s maintaining up with a lot of (state) legislative updates,” Haupt mentioned.

Idaho is regarded 1 of the toughest with “zero tolerance” for any plant, which is unfortunate considering the fact that driving via the Gem State could substantially shorten shipping time to attain clients to the east.

For the time getting, routes from Washington to Montana or elsewhere need to go about Idaho.

Haupt and DeYoung have currently transported loads for Bluegrass Hemp Oil, which is primarily based in Kentucky, but has a retail outlet in Spokane Valley.

The Colville Tribe, which was issued the very first license to develop hemp in Washington, is a further very good consumer. In Oregon, the Eugene/Salem location has verified to be a productive route for Blue Apple.

Haupt mentioned some truckers are nonetheless hesitant to haul hemp due a two prominent seizures earlier this year: 1 in Idaho, the other in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, a pilot vehicle with armed guards accompanied a load of hemp plants. The truck was stopped for a visitors challenge and the driver was later released, but the escorts face firearm charges as properly as illegal cannabis charges, considering the fact that the THC content material of some plants was discovered to be more than the .three % legal limit.

In Idaho, a truckload of hemp plants was seized at a weigh station and the driver arrested. Officers mentioned they had been unable to decide THC levels and declared that the load’s contents match the definition of cannabis.

Haupt and DeYoung admit they are nonetheless having their feet wet in a newly legal business. By following all the guidelines now, they hope to have Blue Apple firmly established anytime cannabis becomes legal at a federal level, anything they think will occur quickly.