The “Uber of Pot" is now here. Ok wait, technically the second "Uber of Pot" is now here. Confused as I am? Well, let’s clear this up.
The first documented company to call themselves the "Uber Of Pot" is a company called Canary, which was founded by two students in Washington State. However we will talk about Canary some other time, because as the current weed shortage in Washington continues, they probably don't have much to sell at the moment anyways.
Today we introduce the Bay Area's own "Uber of Pot", dubbed EAZE (www.eazeup.com). Eaze states that the company has relationships with an unspecified number of dispensaries as well as dozens of drivers piloting their own vehicles. Deliveries will be free for those who possess a doctor’s recommendation, with drivers fees and Eaze paid by dispensaries in exchange for bringing in new business.
“We’re offering the revolution of on-demand services for medical marijuana patients,” said Ease CEO and founder Keith McCarty, formerly an executive at enterprise social network Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion.
Each driver will start a shift by picking up a kit at a dispensary preloaded with 8 ounces of pot—the legal limit they can carry. Typical sales are one-eighth ounce, or 3.5 grams, which sells for about $50.
"Having (enough supply for) 64 deliveries on them means they can get to patients in an average time of 10 minutes," McCarty said. "That's a compelling value proposition." Drivers' cars will be unmarked—important because they must accept cash for deliveries, due to strict federal rules regulating banks and credit card companies. The service will be in operation daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. Drivers will make $10 per delivery. McCarty wouldn't say how much Eaze would collect as a commission from dispensaries.
Marijuana delivery is nothing new in the Bay Area. Just in Oakland and San Francisco alone there must be over 50 cannabis delivery service's. Eaze hopes to set themselves apart by their speedy delivery times (10 minutes on average), acess to a large variety of quality strains, and of course their easy to use smart phone app. It hopes that Apple will approve its iPhone app, which had to remove all mentions of pricing and make other changes to conform to the company's guidelines. An Android app is pending.
After it works out the bugs in San Francisco, Eaze hopes to expand to Southern California, Colorado, and Washington State. It eventually may offer delivery of recreational pot in states such as Colorado and Washington where it's legal. For now, Eaze will only deliver marijuana flowers until it has legal resolution about consumables—marijuana brownies and soda, for instance—oils, and waxes, McCarty said.