I'll begin this story with a disclaimer: I rarely smoke weed. Aside from the few times that I've tried it recreationally, marijuana has never really appealed to me as it does to the millions of Americans who light up for medical purposes or just for fun.
Perhaps that's what makes my experience with Eaze, an on-demand weed delivery marketplace, all the more surreal. Last Friday while sitting in my friend's living room, I was able to get a preview of the company's new app-based feature, which allows users to consult with a doctor via their mobile phones or computers for medical marijuana assessments. Within an hour I used Eaze to video conference with a doctor, receive a marijuana recommendation and purchase an eighth of an ounce of "Sour Diesel" for delivery. The cannabis arrived shortly after the sausage and pepperoni pizza I had ordered to accompany it.
While diagnosing a patient using an internet video call and delivering marijuana to your front door are not particularly new advents, Eaze is hoping that combining the two will break open the legal U.S. cannabis market that did $2.7 billion in sales last year as estimated by ArcView Market Research, a marijuana investment and advocacy firm. In a time when everything from taxis to groceries have become "on-demand," the San Francisco-based company has raised $12.5 million in funding from investors including DCM Ventures, Snoop Dogg and Fresh VC to streamline the cannabis delivery market and lead the way in the budding weed startup economy.