“First, I have been a long time registered patient with BPG. But, I'm thoroughly pissed off with them. BPG asked my partner to buy medical marijuana from them ON THE STREET!
I've been a medical mj patient and customer of BPG for many years, and have appreciated what they do, overall. I've had deliveries from them (with occasional problems, nothing major) at least a dozen times at my home. Recently, my partner, who owns our home, also got her medical mj card. Today she put in her second order for delivery to our home. (The first one was totally botched by BPG, who screwed up the address AND phone number and never showed--another story for another time.)
So, BPG knows (or should) that they are delivering to a 60-something year old woman who resides at an address that they have delivered to numerous times. Nonetheless, when the delivery driver got to our neighborhood in Richmond, they called and told her that she had to meet them outside on the sidewalk to get her $300 worth of medicines. If you think about it, this so WRONG, it's bizarre. BPG claimed because it was their first delivery to her, they could not bring it to our door. The delivery person (who was 5 or 6 inches taller than my partner) would not only not come on to the porch, he wouldn't leave the sidewalk, so as not to be on our property. This is not "home delivery." Suppose this patient's medical condition prevented her from getting up and out of the house to the sidewalk. Would BPG have denied her the medicine she ordered?
Prop. 215, under which BPG operates, was supposed to mean that PATIENTS would no longer have to buy their medicines ("drugs") on the street. BPG's action today was treating a legitimate patient--fully registered with BPG, with a history of buying in their store--like a good old fashion drug-buying-customer-on-the-street. Meaning, BPG behaved like a black market drug dealer today in front of my house. A house, again, that their delivery personnel have been INSIDE of many times before.
This was a complete violation of the patients right to privacy, for starters. But more than that, it's a wrong-headed approach to safety for both the patient and the driver. Since the PATIENT is registered (including drivers license, phone, home address, etc.) with BPG, it is clearly safer to count, check and verify the cash or card and the items delivered INSIDE the home, or at least on the porch, out of view of neighbors and passers-by. Would BPG demand that first-time PATIENTS at their store on San Pablo do their first transaction off the property, on the sidewalk there in Berkeley? Then why would they make my partner buy her medicine on the sidewalk in Richmond like sketchy drug buyer rather than the legally registered PATIENT that she is?
Shame on you BPG. You need to rethink this "policy". It's bad for the patient and less safe for both the patients and the drivers.”