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Dec 23, 2014 7:42 PM

Judge limits medical marijuana delivery app

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien issued the preliminary injunction against Nestdrop on Tuesday, more than a year after City Attorney Mike Feuer first filed a complaint accusing the business of violating a voter-approved ballot measure that banned medical marijuana delivery services in Los Angeles. Proposition D, which was approved last year, limited the number of storefront dispensaries and explicitly banned delivery services, Feuer said.

Nestdrop, which connects medical marijuana patients with dispensaries, said in a statement that it provides an important service and would continue to facilitate pot delivery in other cities.

The service also facilitates the home delivery of alcohol, which will continue.

"We are evaluating our options for the future in regards to Los Angeles and hope the city will change its misguided attempt at restricting medicine for patients," Nick Valente, a senior account executive at the company, said in an emailed statement.

When it launched earlier this year, Nestdrop's creators marketed the application as the nation's first app-based, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service.


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