'Easier than placing an online order through Amazon:' Medical marijuana delivery service kicks off in Detroit

Posted at 6:20 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 11:43:28-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Utopia Gardens LLC started a new service Tuesday for its medical marijuana patients; front door delivery service.

"Some of our patients are sick and going through Chemotherapy etc. so it’s a more convenient way for them to be able to shop without having to leave their houses," said dispensary manager Donnell Cravens.

According to LARA, three licensed dispensaries or provisioning centers are now able to provide this service legally: Utopia Gardens LLC in Detroit, Lake Effect Group LLC in Portage, and BotaniQ in Detroit.

Patients are required to have their medical marijuana card verified and the product can only be delivered to the address on the card.

“This was easier than placing an online order through Amazon, not gonna lie to you," said Rashon Massey, one of the first patient's to use the new service.

Think of it like Gruhhub or Uber Eats, only for weed.

“This is exciting. I have chronic pain so I can’t always leave the house. I have a small business so this convenience is everything for me," Massey told 7 Action News.

The delivery normally takes around 45 minutes to arrive.

If you're ordering from within Wayne County, you must place an order of at least $50. Those ordering from Macomb and Oakland Counties must place an order of at least $100 according to Cravens. The delivery itself is free of charge.

“If you do a call-in order, you call in and we verify all of your information through the state-wide database to make sure you are a valid card holder," he said.

Patients may only pay via a debit card, Cravens said, as to insure drivers aren't put at risk by transporting large amounts of cash.

In the three days since the service started, Cravens said Utopia Gardens has already made around 15 deliveries.

It's a service the dispensary eventually wants to offer for recreational products as well, pending state approval.