Medical marijuana patients in Michigan can now get their medicine delivered to their door.
State officials issued the first three home delivery licenses last week to provisioning centers in Detroit and Portage.
“We know a lot of the patients we’re going to be delivering to -- a lot of them are in wheelchairs,” said Jevin Weyenberg, general manager of Lake Effect in Portage. “Convenient access to medicine -- you can never put a price on that. It’s life-saving for some people.”
Lake Effect and two Detroit shops -- BotaniQ and Utopia Gardens -- are the first in the state to be licensed for home delivery by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. The agency took over control of licensing medical marijuana facilities from an appointed board on April 30 as a result of an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer. In its first week, the agency approved six facility licenses and the three home delivery licenses.
The agency has specific rules for home delivery of medical marijuana. Each provisioning center must hire its own delivery drivers, carefully document its inventory and track the delivery route with a GPS system.