Jun 19, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
University of Washington Students To Launch Pot-Delivery App
Two students at the University of Washington are flexing their entrepreneurial skills by creating a pot-delivery mobile app for medical-marijuana holders in Seattle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Nineteen-year-olds Josiah Tullis and Megh Vakharia are preparing to launch "Canary" next month, an app they describe as "Uber for marijuana."
"Canary is an on-demand service that allows you to get cannabis delivered right to your doorstep," Vakharia told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
With the app, medical-marijuana cardholders will be able to select different strains of pot in different amounts from different from different medical dispensaries and then have their order delivered by a driver. Users will be able to buy quantities ranging from a gram to an ounce.
The service also describes the sensations users can expect to experience with each strain. "For example, it describes a variety called "White Widow" as "Happy. Euphoric. Uplifted," Campus Reform reported.
The services will reportedly work only with medical dispensaries providing to cardholding patients. Drivers will be hired by Canary; they will have to be medical-marijuana cardholders and also undergo background checks.
"We check. We do some double verification that is required of medical-marijuana patients. They have to take a picture of the card and also present it upon arrival," Vakharia said.
The students said they are interviewing drivers from apps like Uber and Lyft who are interested in jumping over to Canary.
Tullis and Vakharia said they are "cognizant" of the legal ramifications of launching this app.
"The uncertainties are not in the technology; the technology has already been done before. The uncertainties are in the legality on the business side," Tullis said.
The pot-delivery mobile app recently won the audience choice award at a TechCrunch startup conference.
"We had to have a 60-second pitch, and we were pitching around 800 or so people. And we ended up winning audience choice!" Tullis said of the event held last week.
According to the app's website, Canary will also expand to Denver at some point this year.
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