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Bitcoin-powered weed delivery drones are coming to California

By Oscar Pascual |

Medical marijuana might soon be delivered through the skies.

The San Francisco-based medical marijuana delivery service known as Trees recently announced its planed expansion of delivery options to include drones in the near future, reports the International Business Times.

Trees is creating a prototype with a drone company and hopes to roll out drone delivery services once regulatory issues with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are met.

“We’re not sure when we’ll be launching yet,” a spokesperson for Trees told the Times. “We are based in San Francisco and the legal situation here is not clear yet.”

Until then, deliveries will still be made via traditional automobile. Customers can choose from a variety of six different variety packs that range in price from $59 to $149.

The SF company has to deal with regulations in the air and on land as well. Almost one-third of their customers now pay with Bitcoin so that they may avoid dealing with federal banks.

“Around 30% of our user base uses bitcoin,” the spokesperson said. “We chose bitcoin because it allows us to accept online payments without relying on a third-party banking partner.”

“The medical marijuana industry has difficulties with banking partners, as many banks and payment providers do not wish to cooperate due to regulatory issues.” the spokesperson added.

Trees will also have to deal with competition in the skies in the form of cannabis delivery service Eaze, which generated $1.5 million in seed funding last year. Eaze, however, also faces the same regulatory demands as Trees.

“If I were to paint a grand vision of how to deliver medicine, it was definitely part of the plan,” Eaze founder Keith McCarty said in November. “Some of our patients are developing drones and they’ve hit us up.”

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