Stemless is a Portland-based startup that gives cannabis consumers an easy way to buy from their local dispensaries without having to leave home.
“We are an online platform that helps dispensaries connect with their customers, so their customers can order from them in a way that is convenient, fast and, most of all, legal,” says Stemless founder Koushi Sunder.
First, the Stemless website connects patrons to their nearest dispensary. The store’s inventory is listed, so customers can shop, securely pay, and have their order delivered or they can pick up in the store without waiting. In addition to providing online ordering and tracked delivery via custom apps, Stemless also gives dispensaries the ability to text customers and reward them with loyalty programs.
Stemless is entering a market dominated by the cannabis delivery service Eaze. This first-market company has seemingly owned the California cannabis delivery service but could face new pressure due to a recent lawsuit filed by Farrah Williams as reported by MJ Biz Daily. In the lawsuit, Williams claims that Eaze sent unsolicited texts and was violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227.
The suit claims that Eaze “‘growth hacked’ its way to the top of the pot delivery business – specifically, by relentlessly bombarding existing and prospective customers with text messages and other digital spam, day after day, en masse, without anyone’s permission, precisely as experienced by Plaintiff here.” Williams claims her privacy was disrupted by the continuous texts. While it won’t be known for some time whether Williams will win her case or if it will even affect Eaze, Stemless seems poised to jump in to grab market share.
Sunder says Stemless is for everyone, but right now it has two main groups of users: people who are new to dispensaries and want to learn about products from the comfort of their own homes, and people who are frequent buyers and spend a lot of time in lines at dispensaries. Stemless gives both types an easier way to buy cannabis than traveling to dispensaries.
Founded in 2015, Stemless currently has 25 stores from Oregon and California on their platform. They recently announced they’ll be expanding into all states where cannabis is medically or recreationally legal. You can learn more about them at Stemless.co.