Almost 20 years ago California voters bravely passed Proposition 215, making California the first state to allow medical use of marijuana.
Since then, 22 more states, including the District of Columbia and Guam have passed similar laws. In 2013 the Federal government, while not decriminalizing marijuana, lessened its stance on punishing states which exercised the right to dispense.
But now in 2015, amongst all the new trends gaining traction within the marijuana industry, from cannabis being delivered to your door to the real potential to gain profit from an increasingly legal pot market, a relatively bold new trend in the industry has arrived–sending a pot doctor to your house.
“Meadow is medical marijuana on demand,” said owner David Hua. His website, GetMeadow.com, is a virtual one-stop shop for legal cannabis.
Dr. Dan price is one of those Meadow MD’s Hua would send to you, the patient. He commutes around the Bay Area seeing a host of different patients with different needs.
“Typically I’ll come in, introduce myself to the patient, we’ll sit down and I’ll talk to them quite a bit about what they are looking for relief from,” said Dr. Price.
“The central question when in go in is ‘Is this patient safe to use medical cannabis?'”
The evaluation itself costs $100 or $50 for a renewal. Once a patient has their prescription, GetMeadow.com will deliver the cannabis from its online catalog. This type of arrangement– from evaluation to prescription to delivery is what makes Meadow so unique.
It’s also this type of direct service that is contributing to Meadows rapid gain in popularity, so much so that Silicon Valley is slowly starting to perk up and pay attention. Y Combinator, based in the Valley, is a highly competitive seed fund that has invested in Meadow.
And while the seeds of Meadow itself are just being sewn, time will tell if it will succumb to over-saturation, reminiscent of the Dot.com bubble that occurred in the same region 15 years ago. With so many new startups in such a infantile industry there are some who feel something is bound to burst.
Hua, however, feels strongly in his service, and feels other do as well.
“Everyone is seeing where this trend is going,” Hua says “Everyone sees that it is not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.