If sliced bread were at all important to the medical marijuana industry, this would be the best thing since that. But bread is peanuts compared to the breakthrough that 420 Web Pros has developed to forever change the Medical Marijuana Delivery Service.
In some counties, particularly Los Angeles, it has become increasingly more difficult to operate a medical marijuana collective or delivery service as a result of ever stricter local laws. In an explosion that could be compared to the California’s big gold rushes of old, the city of Los Angles quickly grew to include a record number of collectives upon the newly elected President Obama’s public decision to reign in the D.E.A. and allow state and local governments a great deal more say when it comes to the legal status and enforcement of drugs and medical marijuana. The explosion of new collectives in Los Angeles led to the eventual tightening of the belt in an effort to crackdown on individuals and groups that were taking advantage of California’s thoughtful and generous medical marijuana laws. As a result, it is now very difficult to open a new dispensary (storefront collective) in Los Angeles and the vast majority of those who had in the past 2-5 years have been shut down. Collectives are no longer allowed to open a dispensary in close proximity to residential areas or school zones and the limit on the number of dispensaries allowed to operate in Los Angeles has been set at a level that, while still allowing for reasonable availability of medicine, has reversed the recently booming trend of a dispensary on every corner. Dispensaries, the patients they service and the people they employ have been hit hard in recent months and barring the passing of Prop-19 (which is a horrible piece of legislation, Vote “NO”) it doesn’t look like there are any changes coming in the near future. The days are dark for dispensaries but that’s okay, opening a delivery service is easier, safer, cheaper and more convenient for both collective members and employees.
Delivery collectives, often referred to as delivery services, are no different from a dispensary in that they are owned and operated by a collective and the financial donations of the members that make up that collective. In order to join, a member must have a legally obtained and valid recommendation from a properly licensed doctor, and must be confirmed and approved by the managers of that collective just like with a dispensary collective. The obvious benefits of a delivery service over a dispensary are:
- Convenience - Members of your collective will no longer have to make trips out to the dispensary to pick up medicine. During the heyday of Los Angeles’ dispensary boom, there were literally HUNDREDS of locations around LA where you could join a collective and simply walk down the block to pick up your medicine. Those days are over, but even then it was inconvenient for some patients. You and I may think walking three blocks down the street is no big thing, but to a cancer patient or someone with severe arthritis a three block trek is a deal-breaker! Today the number of neighborhood dispensaries has dwindled considerably, and the option of traveling to a collective has been removed for many seriously ill patients.
- Discretion – It is believed by many that one of the reasons the crackdown on LA’s dispensaries came about it such a harsh manner is that the medical marijuana dispensary explosion happened in a very loud and flagrant way, that seemed indignant and in contrast with the spirit of medical marijuana laws. Giant neon pot leaves in windows, big bold signs outside high security storefronts with barred windows exhibiting cannabis plants and medical symbols all drew massive amounts of unfavorable attention to medical marijuana and the pervasiveness it had achieved in Southern California society. With a delivery service, your collective operates discreetly and remotely. There is no need for a brick-and-mortar storefront and loud signage to call attention, and the huge expenses that come along with setting up shop in a desirable, populated area. With a delivery service you can operate a small location for managing the medicine and do so in a discreet, remote area that allows your collective to conform with strict local laws and avoid calling attention to a physical location. Your overhead costs are significantly lower and due to the convenient nature of a delivery service, collective members are usually willing to donate a bit more to offset any costs uncured by the delivery drivers.
The Medical Marijuana Deliver Service is a method that has been used by many collectives in California and across the United States for years. It’s popularity has grown in recent months as many collectives, having had their dispensary shut down, are searching for a way to continue providing medical marijuana to their members. As a result, 420 Web Pros has put a lot of thought into the question “How does a medical marijuana delivery service best leverage the power of the internet to the advantage of it’s collective members?”, and we’ve come up with an amazing answer!
The Virtual Online Collective is an all-in-one solution that allows a delivery service to both communicate with it’s members and also grants members a portal that they can log in to in order to view and place orders on medicine and merchandise. It is a password protected, encrypted website that your members can use as their completely discreet and secure online gateway to the collective’s delivery service. We can even set you up with merchant accounts to make things that much simpler!
420 Web Pros is the leader in medical marijuana web design, medical marijuana print and branding, medical marijuana SEO and marketing and have recently started offering photography, videography and video editing services, 420 Web Pros is officially the premiere 420 Media Group in the country. Now, 420 Web Pros is ready to elevate an already impressive array of services and offerings again by revealing the Virtual Online Collective, a web solution allowing members of a collective to login to the delivery service’s website and place their medical marijuana orders online, in a respectful and discreet manner. This is an absolute revolution in medical marijuana delivery as it allows a collectives to receive and now process medical marijuana transactions in a discreet, closed-loop systems that both maximizes convenience for collective members and minimizes the risk of collective operators and drivers.
The Virtual Online Collective for Medical Marijuana Delivery Services allows collectives to process transactions or donations using a credit or debit card, something that is unheard of until now. The response from collectives who have implemented the Virtual Online Collective has been overwhelming! Imagine members being able to login, see a record of their past orders, view all the available medicines currently in stock, place an order for medication and delivery time and have their medication discreetly delivered to them in the privacy and comfort of their own home, and then making their donation using their debit card. What could be better for a collective? But it doesn’t stop at medicine. A Virtual Online Collective is a a full featured online store, allowing collectives to supply to their members a whole array of products. Anything that a brick-and-mortar dispensary could sell in it’s shop (t-shirts, stickers, papers, glassware, ect.) can be posted to the site and placed in an order along with medicine and delivered discreetly to the member’s home. This is an excellent way for collectives to supplement their working budget by offering peripheral items to member’s as opposed to just relying on donations for medicine. Many collectives using the Virtual Online Collective solution to operate a medical marijuana delivery service have been able to generate a sizable amount of extra revenue for the collective by making available additional items for their members. This extra revenue has allowed these collectives to expand their delivery area, improve the infrastructure of the collective (office, delivery vehicles, ect.) and hold events where collective members get together and socialize. Plus, the money that collective’s save not having to rent an expensive residential area storefront and pay to have it fully staffed ensure that suggested donations can be as competitive as anyone else.
In the world of Medical Marijuana delivery, the biggest selling points for collectives looking to expand their membership is convenience and discretion. Prospective members want the fastest, most considerate and discreet service they can find in order to maximize ease of use and minimize any inconvenience acquiring medicine might incur. The delivery service that can best provide those things is the one that will be making the most deliveries, period. If you are a medical marijuana collective looking to start operating a medical marijuana delivery service for your members, or if you are a pre-existing medical cannabis delivery, now is the time to start evaluating if your web strategy. The Virtual Online Collective is the groundbreaking new online tool that will become the standard of the medical marijuana delivery industry in the near future. 420 Web Pros is a forward thinking media group that is committed to bringing the most innovate ideas and solutions to the medical marijuana industry, and the creation of the Virtual Online Collective solidifies their lead as the nations premiere 420 Media Group. Medical marijuana collectives are now faced with a tough choice, they must either drastically change the practices (and perhaps locations) of their dispensaries or seek an alternative solution to ensure they are allowed to continue operating safely and in compliance with local regulations. As the medical marijuana delivery service establishes itself as the clear alternative to a brick-and-mortar dispensary, collectives who enlist the help of 420 Web Pros and the Virtual Online Collective are sure to lead the way!