Homebound medical marijuana patients in New York have a hard time getting to a dispensary. Luckily, a new delivery service is coming to New York that will help streamline the process of patients getting their medicine.
Columbia Care dispensaries are to offer delivery services in New York, according to Forbes. Approved patients in New York will be able to have a video conference with a pharmacist. Following the video conference, patients will be able to order their medicine online for home delivery.
Nick Vita of Columbia Care said, “The plan is to pilot services in New York, and if they’re successful, we can expand to other states.”
The delivery area covers 3,500-square miles. So far, about 450 patients have used the chat and/or delivery service. For safety, the delivery drivers are in unmarked vehicles. A debit card will be used to pay for medication upon delivery – cash is not accepted for driver safety. The delivery fee per order is $20.
New York patients can purchase tinctures, vape and capsules through the service. Topicals are hopefully coming soon to New York.
The online system is HIPAA compliant.
Vita said, “Security and privacy are very important. We want to follow the law to maintain the integrity of the customer relationship.”
Columbia Care’s Corey Hewitt says, “Our current average patient is a 54-year old male. We have a wide array of patients and that is going to help legitimize the industry faster.”