It’s getting harder and harder to get legal weed in Southern California for medical treatment. The enforcement of Proposition D, a law passed by Los Angeles voters, is threatening to close dispensaries throughout the city. In another blow to marijuana consumers, this week a judge ordered a Los Angeles medical marijuana farmers market to shut down.
What’s a weed devotee to do? “Be treated like a Hollywood VIP!” reads the SpeedWeed.com cannabis delivery website. That’s right, legal cannabis patients can now get door-to-door delivery without leaving their home or office.
A.J. Gentile founded Speed Weed in 2011 after studying operation manuals for Domino's Pizza, Papa John's Pizza and FedEx. Speed Weed customers order off the company's website or call its delivery line after registering and showing a doctor's recommendation. With 25 drivers and multiple offices, Speed Weed’s delivery area stretches across 6,000 square miles and enrollment is over 19,000 patients.
"I still believe 75% of marijuana patients don't know delivery is a thing," said Gentile. "It's safer to engage this way. You don't have to go to a sketchy dispensary. That's why we get so many female customers."
Medical Marijuana is used to treat chronic pain from cancer treatments, side effects of HIV/AIDS medications, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, glaucoma and more. Recreational marijuana possession of up to one ounce is an infraction, similar to a traffic violation, with a $100 fine.