Marijuana Delivery, a Realistic Future?
Weed delivery isn’t new—weed dealers that delivered for a premium date back to the grass roots era. However, the industry is changing… So what does the future of weed delivery look like?
Marijuana delivery is uncommon in more parts of the world—making the idea of never leaving the couch to get medicated the ultimate dream. The best case scenario for most medical marijuana patients is that they must go to the closest dispensary, wait in line, choose from multiple strains and go home. That’s a lot of work. Wouldn’t this system be easier for the patients if the business came to them? What does the future of weed delivery look like?
Delivery is not a new idea: we have all had weed dealers who delivered for a premium, and many that tended to overstay their welcome after smoking a lot of the product they just sold you (see Rogen and Franco above). However, in 2015, innovation is taking hold of the cannabis industry as both dispensaries and entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to stay ahead. Many medical dispensaries in Colorado offer delivery to their patients who maybe have a harder time getting to the business but still require their medicine.
Eaze, a San Francisco-based company, has built a mobile application that allows for users to order marijuana from their dispensaries and have it delivered to their door. This application, however, is not the first of its kind.
Last year the mobile application Nestdrop was delivering marijuana to California’s medical patients before being shut down by the court. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer stated that Nestdrop was “a flagrant attempt to circumvent the will of the voters who passed Prop D.” Despite that early blast, Nestdrop is back up and delivering—now to nine more locations along the coast, including: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Stockton and San Diego.
Operating in a similar fashion to Nestdrop, weed delivery service Nugg launched on April 20, 2015 in L.A. Through their app, medical marijuana users in So Cal can order from “the best cannabis dispensaries” in the area with their choice of delivery or pickup—all in under an hour. According to an interview in TechCrunch, Nugg co-founder Alex Milligan plans to avoid the issues that Nestdrop came across, as Milligan’s company will be “operating in full compliance with Prop D […] and are working closely with a legal team to ensure [they’re] adhering to all laws within the local municipalities [they’re] operating.”
There are obvious concerns with marijuana delivery—like safety of the employees and security of the product. Locations where cannabis laws are hazy (at best) may not provide the legal security that many of these businesses and drivers need to do their jobs. As places like Colorado and Washington build the framework for the marijuana industry, legalities surrounding cannabis delivery will be evaluated and laws applied to protect the driver and product.
However, the most important reasoning behind delivery services are the seriously ill medical marijuana patients who simply cannot leave their house. These systems need to exist to allow all medical marijuana consumers access to a positive and convenient shopping experience—and at this rate, that seems entirely possible.
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