UPDATE at 5:20 p.m., Monday, May 16: Sounding defiant, Speed Weed says it's still operating in L.A. See our latest here.
Speed Weed, once touted as the largest medical marijuana delivery service in Los Angeles, has agreed to shut down its L.A. operations, the City Attorney's Office announced today.
City Attorney Mike Feuer says that voter-approved Proposition D does not allow delivery services in town. “There is no lawful delivery service under Proposition D,” he once said.
His office has targeted two of the largest delivery services around, Nestdrop and Speed Weed, and both have now fallen.
Speed Weed, which proclaimed, “We follow the law,” has “entered into a judicially enforced agreement to shutter their operations in the city of Los Angeles effective June 6, 2016,” the City Attorney's Office said in a statement.
“Since at least July, 2014, Speed Weed allegedly has operated a sophisticated and wide-ranging marijuana distribution and delivery service,” the office states. “Customers order marijuana online or over the telephone and have it delivered within approximately one hour from one of multiple delivery centers throughout the Los Angeles area.”
While Nestdrop claimed as a legal defense its existence as a technological platform that simply pairs delivery drivers, patients and legit dispensaries, city prosecutors alleged that Speed Weed has its own distribution centers from which its product was delivered.
“Unlike Nestdrop, SpeedWeed does not claim they are only a platform to connect with pre-existing delivery services,” City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan told us earlier this year. “We allege SpeedWeed both sells and delivers marijuana and is comprised of a number of related corporate entities controlled by the same individual defendants. We allege SpeedWeed violates Proposition D by illegally delivering marijuana and also by using multiple non-immune physical locations within the city as distribution centers for these deliveries.”
Having distribution centers filled with cannabis would be a no-no under Proposition D, which only gives limited legal immunity to 135 or fewer retail medical marijuana shops in the city.
The 2013 law does not “provide immunity for any delivery centers physically located within the city,” prosecutors stated.
In addition to stifling delivery, Feuer now says he has shut down 763 illegal dispensaries since he took office.
“This is another successful step in our sustained effort to uphold the voters' will under Proposition D,” he said.
Speed Weed co-founder A.J. Gentile has been an outspoken advocate of his business. And Speed Weed's website says, “The owners, operators and managers of SpeedWeed are always available to assist journalists … ” But so far the firm has been silent on the City Attorney's action.