Uber for Weed in the UK

By Cori Petersen

Notorious for being “tough” on Cannabis users, the UK may not be able to keep the technology from catering to the Cannabis enthusiast. Soon, or already in many medically approved places, such as the 23 states in the U.S., and nation-wide in Canada, delivery of Cannabis is taking place.

Most Cannabis deliveries and selling have been mail-order through online websites, however apps lend the additional feature of paring the two individuals in the transaction by way of geolocation like Uber. Skirting all the certifications that one must acquire to become a taxi service, Uber has put the power of ride-sharing at an affordable rate in the hand of anyone willing to download the app.

Each one crowning themselves the “Uber of Weed” are the following apps; Canary, Eaze, Grassp and Meadow.

A consultant psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at King’s College London, Dr Adam Winstock told the Mirror Online that “Drugs are the ultimate capitalist commodity,” earlier this week.

“If you look at why people are buying drugs through the dark net markets, it’s because of quality, product range, and of course convenience.”

With the IT talent pool in the UK the creation of such an app is not that far fetched.

“Would it work? Absolutely,” says Winstock.

“The challenge is how do you harness technology that sells drugs to engage with the same people to get them to think about their health. It would be great if people could go on and track their drug trends, set limits on their use. How could you develop those apps to allow people to be educated around what they’re doing?”

Dr. Winstock admits that any Cannabis app would be have the potential for abuse or irresponsible use by individuals, however he believes that a smartphone could engage the user with education, not criminalization.

The debate over Uber is paralleled here, Dr. Winstock urges correct regulation within the app to require age of user, geolocation, credit card information, and Cannabis habits. He adds that it would be nice with these possible new apps if a focus on education and maintaining health rather than just making a profit.

Of course, if the intended meddling comes via government regulation, some of the other guaranteed results are inefficiency, waste, and—irony here—unintended consequences. The open market would provide far better results, especially if unencumbered by phony “criminal” codes.

The encumbrances of government regulation cannot be overstated. There is only one market where Uber has been (temporarily, we may hope) defeated by the local bureaucracy and been forced to withdraw. Where, you ask? Why in one of the most expensive taxi markets in North America—Vancouver, B.C..

Social media and other platforms already afford many the ability to meet and secure weed as well as other drugs.

No one has snatched the crown of “Uber for Weed” in the UK yet… it’s must a matter of when, not if.