Uber for Marijuana Delivery


Recently, University of Washington students Josiah Tullis and Megh Vakharia won the "Audience Choice Award" for their entrepreneurial idea at a conference sponsored by TechCrunch.

The students' company is known as Canary, and it is an on-demand service that allows Washington residents with medical marijuana cards to get cannabis delivered to their doorstep.

The concept is also being called: The Uber for Marijuana Delivery.

Customers would be able to select the dispensary of their choice and make transactions using Canary's phone app--they can even add chips and other munchies to their bill.

Canary simply acts as the "middle man" by employing the drivers.

Regarding their proposal, I hope the business plan does not involve delivery vehicles with sleek Canary logos, colors, or labels.

I hope it does not include drivers with quasi-uniforms or otherwise employees being readily identifiable.

Considering the content of their deliveries, drivers and their vehicles should be inconspicuous and not shout: PLEASE ROB ME!

As this idea would seem like a magnet for armed thugs.

In researching the topic, I found that Tullis and Vakharia want the transactions to be completed electronically so drivers will only be caring product and not cash.

Still, what robber would not be attracted to a delivery truck pulling up to a residence with high grade 420 and a seemingly endless assortment of Doritos?

Allegedly, Desmond Pulliam sure was.

Long Beach Police (CA) arrested him in April for a string of robberies targeting marijuana delivery drivers.

And he is not the only one.

With an entrepreneurial idea like this, I would expect the specifics involving security and safety of employees to be a lengthy section in the young men's business plan.

Since they have the munchies angle already covered. 

16 comments:

Josiah Tullis said...

Josiah Tullis here. Thanks for writing about Canary, and for sharing your feedback. You bring up a huge concern we've been hearing– theft. Our couriers will definitely be unmarked, and we're exploring other. We'll have to make this detail a larger part of our pitch. If you or any readers have any other feedback or questions please reach out to us at hello@trycanary.co or on Twitter at @trycanary.

Bijoux said...

Maybe this is a dumb question, but why is there a need for a delivery service? I guess I don't know enough about who dispenses, etc.

Pat Hatt said...

Just like they are putting a bullseye on the drivers for pot heads everywhere

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You make some very good points.

messymimi said...

This one has me not knowing what to say. Maybe disguise them as flower deliveries?

Slamdunk said...

@ Josiah: Thanks for stopping by. Did I characterize your company's transaction policy correctly in that drivers will not deal with the money?

Also, be sure to differentiate between theft (stealing w/no direct confrontation between perp & victim versus robbery which is stealing w/ direct confrontation). As robbery prevention should be of a higher priority.

Janet Johnson said...

Oh wow. I hope they have thought of this, because that would be huge. . . . Ah, but I see now that they have stopped in.

My husband is a cancer doc, and so we've talked about medicinal marijuana. He said it definitely can help patients with pain when nothing else works, but the direction Colorado has taken this is scary. I know, not your actual blog topic, but it got me thinking that direction. Still forming my thoughts.

Anyway, hope you have a great day! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

They were smart to allow munchies :)
Likely not so smart with the rest of the plan.

Cherie Reich said...

It's not a bad idea in theory, but you bring up excellent points about the safety of driving around with a stash of medical marijuana in the car.

Stephanie Faris said...

I laughed out loud when I read the comment, "Why is there a need for delivery service?" Perhaps it's just a stereotype--but my perception of marijuana users is that they aren't exactly motivated to go places...

Chrys Fey said...

Those delivery cars/vans would definitely be targeted by drug dealers or anyone desperate for marijuana. I sure do hope they disguise them in some way.

Kay G. said...

There must be a simple solution so as to make the couriers less attractive to thieves, I wish I could think of one.
Maybe have "Bomb Disposal Unit" emblazoned on the van?

Brian Miller said...

dude...no way they could work for minimum wage...ha...high risk job like that....wonder at the fringe benefits you know..ha

Lady Lilith said...

I guess if there is a way to cash in, they will find it.

Mary Kirkland said...

Gotta get those pot heads their "medicine". smh

Diana said...

I won't say what I think, but I did find the whole thing interesting.

Thank goodness munchies are covered....