Hey there! 😄
Welcome to the first edition of what is to be "Diary of a Cannabis Delivery Driver", an anonymous journal that details my experiences as a delivery driver for a cannabis collective. 🚗💰
Anonymity is important due to the nature of the business. As many of you know all to well, cannabis is not legal in many places around the world. WHAT A SHAME!
It is also a product that many people feel is worth threatening one's life and rob them of it! It happens all too often in the business, sadly! 😞
This harmless plant has been consumed by humans for a few thousand years, and it's has helped many individuals treat ailments and serious diseases. This is why California's state government legalized cannabis for medicinal use in 1996. Since then, a number of states have legalized cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use.
You see it at any given dispensary throughout California: Collectives are heavily staffed with young individuals. It is an enticing industry that was nearly non-existent a few decades ago. A fairly lenient gig that only requires that you be responsible, friendly, and knowledgeable.
I started working in the cannabis industry about four years ago. I applied to be a delivery driver, but worked mostly at the dispensary itself. When that collective was no longer in business, I took a few other jobs, only to return to cannabis delivery. I haven't had a "real job" since I started!
It pays moderately well for a part-time job. Most of my previous jobs had inconvenient pay periods or didn't offer enough hours. I went from getting paid monthly or bi-monthly with less than 20 hours per week to getting paid weekly for about 20 hours per week plus tips! I worked as a driver during the last few semesters at my university. The slow days allowed me to study, write papers, and work on projects. 📚
That is an easy $1000-$1200 a month from a part-time gig that was technically illegal up until very recently, and is still very much illegal in many countries across the world. Legalization is happening in a number of countries, though!
Unlike cannabis, food delivery services like Uber Eats and Postmates unfortunately don't have the benefit of delivering such precious products that earn higher and more frequent tips! On a single busy day, I could make between $40-$60 in tips if our patrons are feeling generous. Of course there are those who usually tip, those who occasionally tip, and there are those who don't tip (the very wealthy patrons seem to be the most reluctant with gratuities). This has taught me a lot about checking my expectations. Not every patron is going to be pleasant or generous. But I have to keep a smile on and provide an amicable experience, since it's all just business.
We service our entire county as long as the order total meets the minimum for the area we deliver to. As a licensed delivery service, we are legally permitted to service the entire state, but choose to keep it within the county. Delivery times are typically within an hour after purchase, though some cities may require extended time. I do drive a shit ton every day though; anywhere between 50-100 miles (roughly 80-160 km) in a day easily!
Our flower comes from a few local growers that have excellent product. We tend to have a lot more Indica and Indica-dominant Hybrid strains than any other, which works because they are the most popular strains. We carry a large variety of THC and CBD products, such as edibles, concentrates, topicals, etc., as well as a few isolated cannabinoid products like CBG and CBN.
I just wanted to start off with this introduction, just so readers can have a bit of reference for what the job is like. In later entries, I will write about experiences and try to include some type of "moral of the story" to keep the record anecdotal. Feel free to ask me any questions, I will try to answer the best I can!
It isn't an important job, but it is an interesting job that involves something that I never thought would be possible to work legally work with: Cannabis.
It just goes to show you that there are opportunities out there. I was tired of working the same shitty part-time jobs that required more labor for less pay. People will often tell you to do something that you love for a career, but they often overlook the gigs prior to said career. Living a happy life involves doing things that you enjoy on a daily basis!