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Apps to get your pot in less than an hourMedical marijuana is big business, with sales in California alone reaching $1.1 billion dollars in 2014. Technology is changing the way patients receive orders, with new apps promising delivery in less than an hour.
[SOUND] Mark Manasse used to be to the dispensary for medical marijuana to ease the pain from his multiple sclerosis. Now all he needs to do is place an order on his phone and it can arrive in less than an hour. I like that they show me the expected delivery time so I can figure out, okay. I'd better finish cooking dinner then, but I'll be ready for when the delivery arrives. A new waves of apps started in the San Francisco Bay Area hope to create a new market for delivery services that some are calling the Uber for pot. Quill offers on demand delivery for customers with a medical marijuana card. Meadow has deliveries from different dispensaries, and also provides doctor consultations for those needing a card. Well, we try to be pretty thorough, in assessing the patient's past medical history, indications, the reasons that they're looking for help from the medication In California, medical marijuana is big business [UNKNOWN] hit over $1.1 million in 2014. We work with about four dispensaries currently in the San Francisco area. We started building them tools to help them manage their business. To help manager their logistics Is six. So imagine the patient compliance and documentation upload. The services like [UNKNOWN] supported by investors such as Snoop Dogg. Technology that is helps speed up pot delivery is pushing the once taboo market into the limelight, but regulations are strict for patients and drivers, It is up to one ounce on any given day of flower, a product that anyone can purchase on a day by day basis. No body can purchase Over their regulated amount at any given time. Many of the services require drivers to have a medical marijuana card. Drivers could be carrying several hundred dollars worth of cannabis which make create a security concern, so discretion is key. The places I have been lucky enough to deliver to, have been cool people but I am pretty calm. That's a nice thing to have on your side. Then there's the legal haze of payments. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, so banks won't get involved. These businesses mostly rely on cash, or the cryptic currency Bitcoin. For now, [UNKNOWN] is making the most of the convenience. In San Francisco, Lexi Savvides, CNET.com for CBS News. [MUSIC]