Nestdrop, the smart phone app for medical marijuana delivery in the Los Angeles area, has ended up in the legal hot seat. The company will be forced to discontinue all service within city limits if Mike Feuer, the L.A. City Attorney, has anything to do with it.
Nestdrop, a smart phone app that had already been operating as a specialty home delivery service for beer, wine and spirits, introduced the new feature of medical marijuana delivery in Los Angeles, less than two months ago, and quickly became known as the “Uber for Weed” through media coverage.
Tuesday, City Attorney, Feuer, announced his intentions to shut it down, at a press conference. He explained, “There is no lawful delivery service under Prop D. We’re hoping the court agrees with us. ” Measure D, the medical marijuana law in L.A., only allows only a patient’s medical marijuana caregiver to deliver medicine. It also requires that all dispensaries are to be located a minimum of 600 ft from libraries, parks and child care operations, and 1,000 ft from schools. The lawsuit filed by Feuer is reported to state that this service is not in compliance with that regulation.
If the court does agree with the filed lawsuit, Nestdrop will be required to pay $2,500 in fines for every day the medical marijuana delivery operated, in addition to a $2,500 fine per transaction completed during each day of operation. The company would also be forced to halt all marijuana deliveries.
Update: Nestdrop vows to fight.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, Nestdrop is not a dispensary, collective, grower or even a delivery service,” Pycher said in a statement. “Nestdrop is the technology platform that connects law abiding medical marijuana patients with local dispensaries to receive the medication that they need in a safe and secure manner.”