Just before noon on a sunny California Friday, a very pregnant-looking Charlene Modeste steps out of her L.A. home to meet a driver for the weed delivery service Eaze who hands off a bag containing more than $1,000 worth of cannabis products. But things aren’t quite what they appear to be: Modeste hasn’t paid a dime for the delivery, and she’s very much not pregnant.
“What’s happening with me is I have a chronic condition and it looks like I have a baby,” Modeste explained. “But I’m one of those people that’s pregnant — but not with child. I have uterine fibroids. I had surgery to remove them. Then they grew back.”
Modeste, a medical marijuana patient who consumes about a gram of cannabis oil a day, receives the free-of-charge deliveries from Eaze every couple of months and calls the cost savings “incalculable.”
That’s because although cannabis has been a legally prescribed medicine in California for more than 25 years, recommended by doctors to manage a wide range of conditions from arthritis to seizures, its status as an illegal drug at the federal level means insurance companies won’t foot the bill.
That’s where the Eaze Compassion program and others like it across the state come into play, partnering with product-donating cannabis brands and nonprofit groups to offer no-cost products to medical marijuana patients in need. Modeste said she found out about Eaze’s program after reaching out to Sacramento-based Dear Cannabis, an organization that helps coordinate compassionate cannabis deliveries; that group connected her with This Is Jane Project, an L.A. nonprofit that works with women and nonbinary survivors of trauma. [Read More @ The LA Times]