Marijuana entrepreneurs are using the Internet to allow customers legal online access to the drug, according to The New York Times. One company, HelloMD, connects customers with doctors who provide a “medical recommendation” for medical marijuana. Customers can then find a service that delivers marijuana from a dispensary.
A California-based reporter for the newspaper logged onto HelloMD, and filled out personal details. He said he often gets heartburn, and paid a $50 consultation fee with his credit card. He was connected with a pediatrician who is licensed to practice medicine in California, who asked about his medical history, symptoms and familiarity with certain medicines. After three minutes, she told the reporter his heartburn made him a candidate for medical marijuana, which is legal in California.
He was emailed a medical recommendation letter from HelloMD, stating, “this patient has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, and that the medical use of marijuana is appropriate.” He used a website called Weedmaps to find a service that would deliver marijuana to his house. He uploaded a picture of his driver’s license and the recommendation letter to the dispensary, and was then able to order marijuana online.