"As we grow this, our business will stabilize," said Halem. The collective does follow the appropriate guidelines, and verifies any order with the client's doctor, but admits the system is flawed. Halem got his idea while he worked at a similar service in San Diego.
"In a day I could go from a hospice where there's a guy with a bag in his stomach, to a house with a bunch of 25-year-old surfers," he said.
And the anonymity of the Internet and Twitter makes things a bit dicey at times. Though the service does cater to some seriously ill patients, the philanthropist admits that deliveries can be "suspicious. I'm no doctor," Halem said. "They may look healthy, but it's not my problem. What if I said no and they were manic depressive and killed themselves?"
"If a doctor decides someone needs it my hands are tied," said the journalist turned pot dealer.
The actual legality of medical marijuana is still unclear as well. "Medical marijuana is not prescribed. It can be recommended by a doctor, but not prescribed," says Kroger.
Halem blames the system, and the lack of specifics in California State Senate Bill 420, which established the guidelines with plenty of loopholes and unclear jurisdiction issues.
"We're registered as a delivery service and have been to city hall ten times," Halem said. "But beyond that we can't even find someone at the city who tell us what we need to do."
Halem admits there's a fine a line between the white collar work world and the criminal underworld when delivering medical marijuana. "But as a journalist I immersed myself in the story for better or worse," he said.