Weed on wheels

Soon you can start ordering marijuana for delivery to your home just like you would a pizza.

Emerald Triangle Dispensary of Medford is ready to deliver its first order to its eligible customers’ homes as soon as August.

“We are excited to be the first one to do this,” said Jessica Mummery, assistant manager. “We haven’t seen anybody offer this service in Southern Oregon, and we want to provide the best experience for our customers.”

Mummery said Emerald Triangle has received requests for the service from medical clients even before marijuana delivery was made legal earlier this year.

“There have been patients who come in and ask for it, because they’re sick and in need of this service,” Mummery said. “I think it will be a success with the demands from the recreational users, too.”

How it works is simple: Customers within Medford can call in or order online between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. The dispensary will deliver the product in a secured car with a safe. Customers will provide proof of eligibility before paying for their cannabis products.

All transactions are reported to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission through Metrc, a statewide monitoring system. All current packing and labeling guidelines are applied to delivery products. Drivers cannot carry more than $3,000 worth of product at a time or deliver to hotel, dorms or other commercial businesses.

Cannabiz Experience owner Greg Weinger said his store is also in the process of designing the service and targeting specific demographics.

“Whether they are old or sick or don’t want to get off the couch,” Weinger said. “I want to work out all the logistics so it goes smoothly and provides the best experience for our customers.”

Weinger said he will strive for an innovative and reliable delivery experience, including letting customers virtually handpick products via video chatting for online orders.

Seven Medford dispensaries have registered for a home delivery permit, as well as two in Ashland and one dispensary in Phoenix.

Not all dispensaries are taking advantage of the new rule, however. Clay Bearnson, co-owner of Oregon Farmacy and a Medford city councilor, said his business is not looking into expanding its operating capacity.

“We have never had anybody ask for it,” Bearnson said. “Maybe we’ll eventually do it, but right now we don’t have resources to do it.”

Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell said the city doesn’t have any policy regarding time, place or manner of marijuana delivery.

“We haven’t heard any feedback, good or bad, not at all,” McConnell said.

Bearnson said he has full confidence in OLCC to oversee the additional service.

“The OLCC is very competent and has a lot of regulation around it,” Bearnson said. “And if the public wants it, they should be able to get it.”

— Reach reporting intern Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or tnguyen@mailtribune.com. Follow her on twitter at @nguyenntrann. 

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