What Is It Like to Work as a Medical Marijuana Delivery Driver?
The cannabis industry is thriving in Missouri and is benefitting more than just those with their medical marijuana cards. Since the first dispensaries began operations in October of 2020, cannabis has created well-over 5,000 jobs within the Show-Me-State.
Many Missouri residents are opting to stay at home and have their cannabis delivered, and being a medical marijuana driver is one of many jobs in the cannabis field. These marijuana professionals take medical marijuana products from the dispensary directly to the patient, making tips in addition to an hourly wage. If you are considering becoming a cannabis delivery driver, here is what you may be in for:
A Different Kind of Delivery Gig
Being a medical marijuana delivery driver is a little different than your standard driving gig. If you were delivering pizza, you’d be able to leave the food with whomever answered the door. Cannabis is highly regulated in the state of Missouri, so the process is a bit different.
Your training would include becoming familiar with all of the state’s laws and requirements regarding the transportation and delivery of medical marijuana, including Missouri’s track and trace process. You would be required to place the cannabis in a lockbox in your car where it would remain from the time it leaves the dispensary until you arrive at the patient’s location. Then, you would only be able to deliver the cannabis directly to the patient, upon inspecting their identification and medical marijuana card.
The process is more strict for these types of deliveries because a lot is at stake. Deliveries that don’t follow the proper protocol could put a dispensary at risk for losing their license. The good news is that you can feel proud knowing you spent your day helping people get their medicine in the form of the natural relief that cannabis provides.
Another positive aspect of being a cannabis delivery driver is that you won’t have to worry about taking payment. State laws require customers to pay for their medical marijuana products before their cannabis leaves the dispensary, so the only cash you should handle is the tips that customers leave.
Full Time Opportunities in Medical Marijuana Delivery
One of the difficult jobs about working as a driver can be that you are stuck with the gig economy’s level of fluctuating supply and demand. If you are driving for Uber or Lyft, you have to change your schedule around busier times in order to make more money, and if the demand isn’t there, you simply aren’t able to earn.
In food delivery, restaurants often staff part time employees and don’t have opportunities for full time workers with benefits. You are often reliant on tips to make up the bulk of your earnings. Unlike those jobs, cannabis delivery positions typically pay a competitive hourly rate plus tips.
Some companies are already offering cannabis delivery personnel full time positions with benefits, and as the medical marijuana industry continues to grow in Missouri, we expect to see more and more full time cannabis delivery positions becoming available.
If the movement to legalize cannabis for recreational use is successful, even more opportunities will arise for delivery drivers. If you are looking for something that is more than just a side hustle, cannabis delivery is worth considering.
A Job You Can Feel Good About
In an interview with Vox, California cannabis delivery driver Stephanie Arora details her experience going from a burnt out rideshare driver to a fulfilling career in cannabis delivery. She says she is well-compensated, receives full time health benefits, and feels good about doing a job that is helping to reduce the stigma around cannabis use.
As a medical marijuana driver, you would be delivering medicine to those who need it. Medical marijuana is helping Missourians who suffer from a wide array of medical conditions. Many patients who opt for home delivery simply cannot leave the house and go to their dispensary, often for medical reasons. You can go home at the end of the work day knowing your work helped people feel better.
What You’ll Need to Get Started in Cannabis Delivery
Before applying to be a medical marijuana delivery driver, you’ll need a reliable vehicle that not only runs well but looks clean and maintained. Remember, as a delivery driver, you’ll be representing the dispensary you work for. You’ll want your vehicle to make a good impression on behalf of your business.
You’ll also need a current driver’s license, insurance, and a clean driving record, as well as the interpersonal skills to deal with a variety of cannabis patients one-on-one. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the state’s laws concerning medical marijuana.
Finding Medical Marijuana Delivery Jobs
When you are ready to seek out a job in medical marijuana delivery, you could start by calling dispensaries in your area and inquiring about whether or not they offer home delivery. If they do offer a delivery service, they may be hiring.
The internet is also a great resource for cannabis delivery jobs. Sites such as Zip Recruiter and Indeed will often list jobs by categories. You can also check out any company you are considering on Glassdoor to see how their employees have rated their work experience. You deserve a job that’s going to be fulfilling and rewarding!
Whether you want to visit a dispensary or get the natural relief of cannabis via home delivery, you’ll need a Missouri medical marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we’re here to help! Our medical team is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
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