Want to go to a dispensary for your medical marijuana, but don't want to worry about parking? Or are you just a little nervous going alone? One Los Angeles group felt like there's more than a couple of people in that category, and now offers a free ride for patients to dispensaries along Colorado Boulevard.
Not to be confused with a "party van," this 10-seater meets patients in an Eagle Rock parking lot, and offers a "safe, secure, confidential and comfortable ride to your collective."
The van's first shuttle ride was last Saturday, March 31, sponsored by Tim Ryder and the Cannabis Clubs United With the Community (CCUWC). The CCUWC describes themselves as "the majority of open-minded residents in the community that have no problems with the local medical marijuana collectives that are in our neighborhood."
In fact, the shuttle isn't just to help patients get their medicine. It's also to help the dispensaries get business, and alleviate other nearby businesses of the parking troubles that sometimes go along with popular dispensaries.
Not everyone, however, loves the idea of the shuttle service. Some members of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council feel like dispensaries are being misused by those without real medical needs. And you can see in the comments section of this article on the Eagle Rock Patch that not every citizen is in favor of marijuana, medical or otherwise.
CBS reports also that earlier in March, the shuttle almost didn't happen, but Ryder ironed-out all of the problems with the DMV, permits and licenses in time to make the March 31 drive.
Ryder plans on running his free shuttle, despite criticisms, and is reporting his successful rides directly to the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.