Cannabis is a unique industry. It’s one that’s existed in America since before its founding, but was stifled by federal and state laws for over a hundred years. Many might consider it a new industry, since full legalization has only existed in states like Washington, Colorado and California for less than a decade. But that perspective denies the long rich history cannabis has had as an illegal industry.
So it’s unsurprising that weed in California – a state whose residents have enjoyed full legalization since 2016 – has rapidly grown and diversified as both a product and a service in only a few short years. These days, you can have weed delivered to your door from a variety of sources across the state. Cannabis is more widely available than ever, and more and more people are discovering it every day. Surveys across the industry have found that considerably more people use cannabis for medical reasons rather than recreational ones – meaning considerably more people need cannabis to get through their day. That represents a huge spike in legal use.
What’s more, because California is the largest state in the nation with legal weed, California is the largest marketplace in the nation for legal weed – making it a massive laboratory for the modern intersection of cannabis, computing and capitalism. That means cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are able to generate some truly amazing products and services. Those cities were ready to meet the challenge, situated as they are just a few hours’ drive from weed-rich counties like Humboldt and Mendocino.
For the cannabis consumer, it’s an embarrassment of riches. But there’s a dark lining to California’s silver cloud: An industry in regulatory transition is an industry where it’s relatively easy to provide lousy customer service and offer substandard products. One of the biggest challenges for the cannabis consumer is to find a reliable delivery service – one that has a good selection, one that has plenty of inventory in stock, one with competitive prices, and one with fast, reliable, knowledgeable drivers.
What’s more, there’s another hurdle facing cannabis delivery: Los Angeles is absolutely huge. The city itself covers 503 square miles of the state; another 4,500 square miles are included in the city’s overall metropolitan region. That’s a big spot for any marijuana delivery service to cover.
One company in Commerce, CA – just southeast of Los Angeles – is making speed its personal hallmark. GrassDoor – its name is a play on the Glassdoor job search website – guarantees delivery in under an hour. Often, GrassDoor’s honchos say, they manage to deliver in under 40 minutes.
It could change how the industry behaves on a larger scale. If GrassDoor is successful in its bid to offer the fastest cannabis delivery in Los Angeles, it could spark other mobile dispensaries to boost their own speed game to compete, and lead to an environment where you never really need to worry about having weed around, since it’ll never be more than an hour and a few clicks of the mouse (or taps of the app) away.
In short, cannabis delivery in Los Angeles shouldn’t be hard. It’s a big city full of people with all sorts of cannabis needs – from folks needing medical weed to people just looking to relax and have a good time on a Saturday night. And they all want the same thing: Legal, safe cannabis products that arrive quickly, easily, and reliably by dispensaries who know what they’re doing. If California keeps going down the road it’s on, there’s no reason that can’t happen.