A new service that delivers marijuana to the door of anyone with a medical marijuana card, via mobile app, just partnered with major San Francisco pot dispensary SPARC in order to create a powerful, high-end service catering to all your cannabis needs. It's called Eaze, and with the help of some venture recent venture funding, they're aiming to be the "Uber of pot," promising 20-minute delivery of medical marijuana after just a few clicks on your phone. (They're hoping, soon, to get that down to 10 minutes.)
SPARC, which SFist dubbed the "Apple store of pot dispensaries" after its 2010 opening, is a natural partner for the service, says Eaze founder and CEO Keith McCarty. "SPARC shares our vision to deliver marijuana to patients quickly, easily and professionally," says McCarty, and he adds that the technology is already "helping SPARC deliver medicine conveniently to hundreds of patients at home, many of whom cannot drive or take public transportation due to health issues."
There's of course nothing stopping those who have no physical disabilities from using Eaze out of pure laziness, and judging from the demand on Day 1 of the launch, last Friday, there's plenty of that going around. Within hours of launching, SPARC fulfilled hundreds of orders, criss-crossing San Francisco with sacks of sativa-indica hybrids, tinctures, and cannabis gummies.
The service works like this: You sign up with email and mobile phone number, you upload a photo of your medical marijuana ID or doctor recommendation letter, and you pick your strain. Most deliveries are made within 20 minutes, though the press surrounding the launch may lengthen delivery times in the coming days.
Eaze originally launched in July 2014 with another fulfillment partner, but in looking to grow beyond and raise their profile, they've now gotten funding from 40 Silicon Valley-based angel and institutional investors, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
SPARC founder J. Erich Pearson tells SFist, "Delivery is no small task, and SPARC has the kind of wide variety of quality cannabis that's needed to meet patient demand in San Francisco." He explains the decision to move into the home-delivery field, after operating a successful SoMa dispensary these past four years, as being driven by customer service, and a desire to reach a wider variety of marijuana patients at home. SPARC's executive director Robert Jacob adds, "Clearly, the technology is key.”