At around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, I went to a website called CannabisMD on my phone, filled out my street address into a form and snapped a photo of my California state driver’s license.
About 5 to 10 minutes later, I got a text saying that a doctor was on their way. I hopped on my bike and headed southwest on Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, and found Dr. Daniel Price on my doorstep.
Normally, Price is an emergency room doctor at Alameda County’s biggest public hospital, Highland General. But he also has been doing patient evaluations for medical marijuana for the last several months. After suffering some chronic pain from a former life as a gymnast, he sought out training at Oakland’s cannabis-centric educational center, Oaksterdam University.
That’s how he got paired with David Hua, who founded a Y Combinator-backed Uber-for-medical-marijuana-delivery startup called Meadow. They’ve formed a new program called CannabisMD, that will deploy a doctor straight to your door for medical marijuana prescriptions. It’s branded and run separately from Meadow partially because you can’t recommend certain dispensaries over other under current law.
CannabisMD costs about $100 per visit or $50 for renewals. Right now, it’s scheduled. But Y Combinator-backed Meadow aims to do on-demand visits not long from now.
Hua says that one bottleneck in the medicinal marijuana business is whether patients are legally able to buy the plant. Last year, the medical marijuana industry pulled in $2.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion the previous year. Y Combinator and other investors like Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund are dumping venture money into marijuana startups as state laws across the United States ease. Hua hasn’t raised money from anyone else other than being accepted into the standard Y Combinator program.