When the coronavirus pandemic struck, the cannabis industry was left in a precarious position. Although most states that have legal cannabis markets declared the young industry essential, medical cannabis patients were at great risk every time they headed out to get their medicine. Plenty of them are either elderly, immunocompromised, or both, putting them at an even greater risk of infection and suffering severe symptoms. To help keep both patients and staff safe, some states began allowing cannabis home deliveries.
In Utah, medical marijuana couriers have started making deliveries of medical cannabis orders to patients’ homes. The state first allowed medical dispensaries to make home deliveries last May, as long as the dispensaries met strict requirements for delivering themselves or through a licensed medical marijuana courier. More than 10,000 Utah residents have applied for and received medical cannabis cards and, for plenty of them, going out to buy medical marijuana can be a matter of life and death.
WholesomeCo, a medical cannabis company based in Bountiful, Utah, is starting out small. The company has hired 10 couriers to cover Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, Cache, Summit, Wasatch and Utah counties. According to CEO Chris Jeffery, the company’s goal is to start making statewide deliveries within six months to give patients who are medically fragile or have long distances to travel in order to access a dispensary a better option of getting their medicine.
The dispensary deals with patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis (“MS”), are terminally ill or suffer with conditions that make it nearly impossible for them to even get out of their bed. Such patients need to have medical cannabis delivered to them as they essentially cannot leave their homes. One Salt Lake patient says she is at such a high risk of contracting COVID-19 due to her health conditions that she hasn’t been to the grocery store since last April.
Jordan Bartholomew, another medical cannabis patient living in Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood, says he largely gets around using a bicycle. With that mode of transportation, visiting a cannabis dispensary to get medical marijuana for his chronic back pain can be quite challenging. Home deliveries have made things a “lot more comfortable,” stated Bartholomew.
Although Utah allowed cannabis home deliveries last year, WholesomeCo is the first medical dispensary to take advantage of the home-delivery framework. However, officials expect other cannabis companies to follow suit, with the director of the state health department’s Center for Medical Cannabis saying he hopes that couriers will make it easier for rural residents who live hours from cannabis dispensaries to access medical cannabis.
Still on the topic of medical cannabis, a number of companies have established themselves as clear leaders in manufacturing cannabis products geared at the medical marijuana market. A vivid example is Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN), which has specialized in producing pharmaceutical-grade industrial hemp products and cannabinoids.
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