In California, the land of convenience, buy weed online is available to card-carrying patients. The Bay area is perhaps the epicenter of this phenomenon. Apps such as Leafy, Quil, and Weed Maps facilitate these transactions. Though delivery services operate in cities across the country, they are in most places illegal. One such service Cartoon Network operated in New York City until it was busted by the DEA in 2005. But it had an impression on the entire industry, above and below the board. Many other delivery services via bike messenger operate today in the Big Apple and by car and other means of conveyance, elsewhere.
A startup in San Francisco now wants to take things to an entirely new level, and project itself light years ahead of the competition, aboveboard or otherwise. It plans to use drones to deliver medical marijuana to its customers. Trees CEO Marshall Hayner told Mashable that drones were amazing when it came to delivery. They would always be on time, as opposed to the pizza delivery-esque model, which holds within it the possibility of the driver in traffic, getting lost, getting into a car accident, what-have-you. Not so with the drone. You wouldn’t even have to worry about them pinching off a bit of your medicine for themselves.
Trees bills itself as the purveyor of “the original craft cannabis box.” Having a sophisticated product is one thing. Actually delivering it via drone is another. Of course, Amazon was at the forefront of this whole idea. But Trees has brought it to another level. Even so, it is a long way from making it into a reality. They still have NASA, the FAA, and even Verizon to convince. The basic idea does make sense, especially if you consider how lightweight marijuana is. One problem may be local citizens intercepting these drones for their own personal gain. Hayner says he has all the technical aspects worked out and is just waiting for FAA approval. He does admit however that we may see a self-driving car with a pot vending machine inside of it, way before we see marijuana-delivering drones.