A long time medical marijuana user David Hua has turned his necessity into a startup called Meadow. It allows medical marijuana users to quickly order and receive medical marijuana through a mobile app, usually it takes less than an hour from order to delivery.
Meadow and many of its competitors emerge across the U.S. as it undergoes a rapid shift in attitudes and regulations related to marijuana. Since the 70s, about 37 states have liberalized marijuana laws by allowing medical usage, decriminalization or full legalization. Hua’s policy is to work closely with local dispensaries like The Vapor Room Collective.
Meadow lets users join online by uploading their driver’s license or California identification card and a physician’s letter of recommendation. The uploaded documents are stored in a secure HIPPA-compliant database where all the credentials are verified by other third parties. Hua wants to expand into others states using the same model.
Hua notes that Meadow offers benefits to patients because it provides door-to-door delivery so they don’t have to wait in lines, and they don’t have to prove their eligibility all the time. Meadow charges a $3 fee for every delivery and all its partners accept cash or debit cards.