Detroit medical marijuana dispensary Utopia Gardens began delivering marijuana this week.
The medical marijuana provisioning center, on East Lafayette Street near Belle Isle, became the very first legal medical marijuana delivery service in the state. It applied for state acceptance at the beginning of the year.
Utopia Garden requires delivery orders on its own website or by phone-ins with a minimal $45 purchase for delivery. Donnell Cravens, general manager in the dispensary, told Crain’s earlier this week. The store doesn’t charge a shipping fee, but mostly will restrict delivery to the larger downtown area, at least at first.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs dictates that stores such as Utopia can simply provide medical marijuana and marijuana products to some card-carrying medical marijuana individual in the address recorded in their driver’s license. Customers wanting delivery have to send the shop a photograph of their state-issued ID and medical marijuana license, Donnell said.
The condition also dictates that motorists can only provide 2.5 ounces of marijuana each patient to no more than 10 patients each delivery. Patients are also restricted to a purchasing limit or 10 ounce delivered each month.
Utopia Gardens is accepting only debit cards for delivery in an effort to limit the risk of drivers carrying around sums of cash.
Detroit’s BotaniQ on Rosa Parks Boulevard at Corktown is also anticipated to begin deliveries in the next week.
The medical marijuana delivery principles have been accepted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules in November.
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