It seems that due to the ongoing federal intervention that an increasing number of medical marijuana dispensaries in California are abandoning the brick-and-mortar storefront and opting to operate delivery services.
Dispensary owners are being forced to make these business decisions due to the aforementioned years of federal crackdowns on dispensaries which have made retailing medical marijuana from a physical storefront a progressively hazardous proposition.
“I’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of delivery services,” Dale Sky Jones proclaimed, executive chancellor of the medical marijuana trade school Oaksterdam University. “If communities are not comfortable with a storefront service, delivery may be the best way to ensure access to people who need it.”
One of the California dispensaries that have made the decision to deliver to their patient base is the reputable Harborside Health Center. Steve DeAngelo, owner/operator of Harborside Health Center, claims the federal government’s intercession has given them no other option if they intend to continue servicing their patients.
“We decided to launch our delivery service because the federal government is trying to seize our properties,” DeAngelo explained. “We wanted to be able to continue serving our patients, even if we have to close our doors.”
The recent upsurge of medical marijuana delivery services is seemingly a product of California’s interior struggle over its medical marijuana industry’s regulations.
DeAngelo is claiming that his conclusion to operate a cannabis carriage service is motivated by external circumstances, but he feels that a brick-and-mortar location is still a vital necessity to completely facilitate the needs of his patient base.
“If all our physical locations are forced to close, there’s no question we’d go delivery-only, but I’d view that as a strategic retreat,” DeAngelon decreed. “There’s no way patients can get the level of convenience or service with just delivery. There’s a need for both options.”
Delivery services tend to fall under a “gray area” in California’s medical marijuana law principally due to the absence of statewide supervision of the medical marijuana industry.
Although numerous cities and counties have regulations governing dispensaries, only a limited amount have a specific sanctioning system for delivery services…
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