Thursday, February 5, 2015

East Bay Gets Eaze Medical Cannabis Delivery

By David Downs
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Fifteen minutes. That's how long it takes for the ‘Uber for medical marijuana’ — Eaze — to drop an eighth-ounce at your door. Now that hard-to-believe service is rolling in the East Bay.

Today, San Francisco-based tech startup Eaze announced an expansion of their service area from San Francisco to the Peninsula, South Bay and “select East Bay areas” totalling 34 cities. Eaze uses a web app to verify a patient’s medical cannabis recommendation and California residency. After verification, members request deliveries anywhere in Eaze’s service area, and a driver will show up in less that fifteen minutes. We’ve gotten drops as fast as four minutes.

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Eaze celebrates its expansion with a free eighth-ounce of medical cannabis to all new members, if you use the promo code EAZE4ALL, a release states. It's good through Valentine's Day for a $35 credit on the service.

“Since launching in San Francisco last July, the data indicate that once patients try our service they tend to stay with us for the long term. Now that Eaze is in 34 cities, ‘Eaze for All’ is designed to get new patients to try us out. We are confident that they will find the service easy, quick and professional and continue to use our service over time,” said founder Keith McCarty.

McCarty is a wicked smart, veteran tech entrepreneur who’s last company, Yammer, sold to Microsoft for $1.2 billion. The twelve-person company Eaze partnered with San Francisco dispensary SPARC and the Bay Area’s Cookie Co. to stock the service’s high-quality, lab-tested menu. The menu includes Cookie Co.’s Khalifa Kush, Girl Scout Cookies and OG Thin Mint (2014 High Times Cannabis Cup Hybrid Strain Winner), SPARC’s Marigold Lillikoi and Jackberry, plus Kiva chocolate bars, gummies and fresh-baked cookies.

Eaze told investors at the ArcView Group last week that it had received 25,000 delivery requests in six months, and has hundreds of drivers in the Bay Area. Eaze took in $1.5 million in seed funding and in the next 30 days will start series A discussions, McCarty said.

Eaze sees itself as a ‘healthcare service delivery’ company, and has national ambitions.

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