Local app developers are putting a farm-to-fork spin on medical marijuana, connecting growers with patients and delivering to doorsteps.
"We're just trying to streamline the distribution of cannabis and its derivatives from farm to table. We don't handle product, we don't handle delivery, we let you do your business," App Developer Josh Artman said.
The app, called Loud Cannabis, is currently only available on Android with Google Play because Artman said iOS does not currently allow cannabis delivery apps.
"People want to know how their food is grown and where their food is grown, cannabis is the same way," Artman said.
The app provides a digital storefront for medical marijuana delivery businesses, allowing them to sell excess inventory to more people. For patients, Loud Cannabis acts as a web-based farmers market, allowing them to hand pick the specifically grown pot of their choice.
"People want to know the chain of growing, what happened to it in the process from seed to sale," Artman said.
But some local dispensaries say they see flaws in the set up.
"Do you want the general public to know exactly where the farm is? Because of thefts issues," dispensary director Lynette Davies said.
Davies runs Canna Care in Sacramento. She says she sees issues with delivery apps where growers may also be the ones moving their products.
"Because now they're not just a cultivator, they're a dispensary," Davies said.
"There is an intertwining and complex regulatory framework," Artman said.
That regulatory framework for cannabis cultivation and delivery varies greatly between city, county, state and federal lines. Law enforcement agencies say delivery drivers could be at risk of making potentially illegal transactions.
The city of Sacramento has an ordinance banning brick-and-mortar dispensaries from delivering medical marijuana.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department told FOX40 any cell phone application offering delivery there could be subject to distribution charges.
"I'm the guinea pig," Artman said.
Artman cultivates cannabis himself, on a farm in Medocino County. He said he would be the first one to try marketing and delivering pot with the app.
"All of the things dispensaries do to verify your credentials are legit, we do that too," Artman said.
"The delivery apps are still kind of shady right now. Is this app the one to help? Maybe, maybe not. Depends whether it's in a responsible party, or it's in the hands of someone who is going to sell a pound to whoever they have," Davies said.