Working as a contractor, for example as a driver-partner with Uber, carries its share of risks. Need a new car battery? That's on you. A passenger threw up in your car? Again? Who would do that for you? Worse, if you're injured while behind the wheel, that unemployment check (if you can get it from your state) won't be so fat.
So though we might assume an "Uber of Pot" to be a chill company to drive for, we should realize that all those risks remain squarely on the driver. And SFWeekly describes those risks from "trafficking a Schedule I controlled substance that even San Francisco cops are happy to bust" as "immense."
Eaze, which is one among others like Meadow that lay claim to the "Uber of Pot" label, employs medical marijuana patients as drivers at $15-20 an hour to make deliveries to other medical marijuana patients, allowing them to drive with the legal limit of 8 ounces. They can't get high on the job, and they're not breaking state or local law. But that doesn't always matter if you're pulled over, as the Weekly is quick to point out.
In one example of such driving that's supposed to stand for many, "not once did police inquire as to whether Smith was a legal medical cannabis patient or provider" during her arrest, according to the police report. In the given instance, though, the driver's vehicle registration was also expired.
Also, driving around with a trunk or glove compartment full of medical marijuana "exponentially increases your chance for contact with law enforcement," said attorney Derek St. Pierre, who handled Smith's case. "I don't think most marijuana delivery drivers know what they're getting into," he said. "Is it worth the assumption of risk?"