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Sidecar adds medical marijuana delivery to ride-sharing service

By Oscar Pascual |

Weed will drive a shotgun the next time you greet a ride from your Sidecar app.

The company announced Tuesday that they plan to supply medical marijuana in San Francisco alongside their original app-announced ride-hailing service, reports CNET.

Thanks to a new partnership with fellow Bay Area startup Meadow, Sidecar will now deliver weed to SF customers with delivery in less than an hour.

Meadow, which bills itself as one of several “Ubers for pot” — there’s also Eaze and a few other upstarts — already offers an on-demand ordering service to numerous pharmacies in SF. Pharmacies would send their own deliverers after paying Meadow a referral fee.

Now pharmacies have the option to use Sidecar for their deliveries.

“Part of what’s interesting about this partnership with Meadow is that it really illustrates our ability to deliver all kinds of different products, including those with complicated requirements,” said Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul in an interview with GeekWire.

Since 2012, Sidecar has been a smaller, less funded competitor to more notable ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. However, by leveraging its logistics technology and network of drivers, Sidecar has created a system that can deliver both people and goods efficiently.

So don’t be surprised if you smell the stickiest of the icky on your next Sidecar ride.

Both Sidecar and Meadow are taking steps to ensure that medical pot delivery becomes a safe and legal process. Sidecar drivers carrying medical marijuana deliveries will also be certified medical patients and will carry the supplies in a secure lockbox during transit.

Same day delivery is $4.99, while one hour delivery is set at $7.49

The Sidecar and Meadow partnership is essentially a three-way transaction with pharmacies. Patients will use Meadow to place orders, Meadow then redirects the order to the specific pharmacy and Sidecar finishes delivering the order.

Meadow CEO David Hua explained to: GeekWire why the partnership will be integral to providing safe access to medical marijuana for many Bay Area patients.

“Ultimately, the partnership with Sidecar will provide a complete turnkey solution for these pharmacies that would normally not have access to this technology platform, let alone access to a patient who can’t leave their home and wants delivery,” explains Hua. . .

Photo credit: GeekWire


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