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Unchill L.A. Wants To Halt Marijuana Delivery Service SpeedWeed
SpeedWeed, the service that delivers medical marijuana straight to your door, is being sued by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, who is alleging that it violates Proposition D. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to halt SpeedWeed, alleging that Proposition D—which passed in 2013 and limits the number of dispensaries in the city—does not permit a medical marijuana business to transport, deliver or distribute medical marijuana.
To get medical marijuana from SpeedWeed, the process is done almost entirely online. You submit identification and doctor's recommendation online, and they approve it—no in-person confirmation is required. One user tells LAist, "You basically fill up your cart like on Amazon. They have edibles, flowers, ointments and other stuff I don't use. Then someone brings it to your house in about an hour." According to their website, the service will allow you to "be treated like a Hollywood VIP."
But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
"Marijuana delivery services circumvent the will of the voters who passed Proposition D," said Feuer in the statement. "My office will continue to ensure that only qualified patients, and primary caregivers, can transport medical marijuana."
This isn't the first time Feuer has attempted to harsh the mellow when it comes to weed delivery. In 2014, he thwarted the delivery app Nestdrop, also invoking Proposition D. As noted on the release, 716 medical marijuana businesses have closed across Los Angeles since Feuer took office in July 2013. Since then, his office has also filed 365 criminal cases against 1,444 defendants. This particular suit alleges that the corporation Cosmic Mind has been operating under the name of SpeedWeed, and cites corporate officers Andrew Gentile and Jennifer Costa, along with an individual, Eugene Gentile, in the case.
Here are the details of the injunction against SpeedWeed:
The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting the further operation of the business, including: (1) cessation of any delivery of marijuana by the company and individual defendants anywhere within the City; and (2) no further use of any locations within the City to cultivate, process, store, distribute, deliver or give away marijuana. The lawsuit also seeks substantial civil penalties of up to $5,000 for each day of violation.
When I clicked on the "About" section of the website to get more information about the company, this popped up immediately:
Since SpeedWeed's thing is to conduct business virtually, I decided to ask the "Bud Ninja" if they could tell me about the injunction that had been filed against their company. They immediately logged off, but came back on to say, "Sorry for keeping you hanging. We'll get to you in a sec." They came back a few minutes later to say "No Comment."
Speaking of SpeedWeed: this is real?!