Los Angeles’s lazy stoners are letting out a collective “fuck” this week as news spreads that SpeedWeed, one of the city’s most popular cannabis delivery services, is being forced by the city court to cease its operations in the area.
This comes shortly after the city knocked out another weed delivery service, Nestdrop, last February. Both these closures are the doing of self-styled crusader City Attorney Mike Feuer.
Feuer has made it a mission of his office to mess with the city’s medical cannabis industry since he took the position. Under his supervision, his office has shuttered “763 medical marijuana businesses” and “filed 389 criminal cases against 1,531 defendants,” according a city press release. In addition, Feuer has taken down several related enterprises, including a medical marijuana farmers market in 2014 and a security firm that serviced dispensaries.
“This is another successful step in our sustained effort to uphold the voters’ will under Proposition D.,” said Feuer in a statement issued regarding the SpeedWeed closing on Friday the 13th. This is not the first time he has invoked the “voters’ will” in his campaign against medical cannabis. “This app is a flagrant attempt to circumvent the will of the voters who passed Prop D,” the attorney said in a press release put out two years ago when his office first pressed charges against Nestdrop.
But it’s hard to imagine that the average voter who put down “yes” on the Prop D ballot in 2013 thinks there shouldn’t, under any circumstance, be a weed delivery service. And in Nestdrop’s appeal this year, the company claimed there was room to interpret Prop D another way. But when he shut down their appeal, Associate Justice Lamar W. Baker wrote that, “Proposition D is properly understood to prohibit virtually all vehicular delivery of medical marijuana.” It’s unclear why the city is so anti-weed delivery.
How are LA’s other delivery services feeling right about now? Maybe not so hot. “Is there precedential value here that’s of concern for anybody? Yeah,” attorney Michael Grahn, who represents both Nestdrop and SpeedWeed, told Leafly. Given Feuer and the city’s recent attitude toward MMJ delivery, they obviously can (and probably will) go after similar businesses in the near future.
The easiest way that would change is if California goes weed-legal in this year’s election, in which case an entirely new regulatory system will be introduced, hopefully one that leaves a little wiggle room for conveniently couriered cannabis.