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DoorDash Driver Delivers Side of Weed, Gets Canned

One DoorDash customer received more than he bargained for when he placed an order of food—finding an unwanted bag of weed in his order, and decided to complain about it. Dasher was terminated because of his actions.

A Columbus, Ohio man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he ordered food through DoorDash on August 9 and complained that the bag of weed made him feel “scared.”

“I was scared at first but then again, I wasn’t very surprised,” the man who ordered food from DoorDash told ABC 6.

The man provided a photograph of his food bag where he saw a fork as well as a bag containing cannabis. A baggie with alien head designs holding about one gram of marijuana is shown in the photo. “Did this start with the driver?” he said. “Or did this start in the restaurant that I ordered this from?”

“It’s scary, because I’m a healthcare worker, and I see how this affects people every day,” the customer said. “I even have a close friend whose nephew actually passed away due to smoking some marijuana that was laced by fentanyl.” (Both WebMD and Snopes have dismissed claims of fentanyl-laced pot, and Dr. Peter Grinspoon told Chronic NewsFentanyl will most likely melt under heat.

“What happened is not acceptable, and we have removed the Dasher from our platform,” a DoorDash representative told ABC6 and FOX28 in a statement. We appreciate the customer for reporting the incident.”

“I think about the kids,” he said. “I have a nephew. My coworker is a thought that comes to mind. He has granddaughters and grandsons.”

DoorDash promptly responded to the customer and advised that Dasher has been terminated. “We do not condone this type of action and have therefore taken the step in removing them from our platform,” the customer email from DoorDash reads. “This Dasher will no longer be able to deliver future orders on DoorDash.”

Dashers, or DoorDash delivery drivers, must submit both a DMV and criminal background check before becoming a driver according to the company’s background check policy.

DoorDash and Cannabis

Four years ago, at Fortune’s 2018 Brainstorm Tech conference, DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said that while the company toyed with the idea of cannabis delivery, there were no immediate plans of doing that, at least not in the United States.

“That’s our general counsel’s favorite question,” Xu said. “That’s not what we’re doing today nor what we plan on doing. There are a lot of complications around payment when it comes to something that has that level of regulation.”

Since then, however, the company explored the cannabis industry in Canada, where it’s legal at the federal level. However, deliveries are still not part of this equation.

ForbesIt was reported that Superette, Canada’s cannabis retail outlet, formed a partnership last April with DoorDash Inc. to offer pick-up at its Toronto location. DoorDash Technologies Canada, Inc., which is a subsidiary, formed the partnership. On Twitter, the first rumor that DoorDash would be involved in cannabis was exposed. Benzinga reported last April.

Special collections and menus curated by the partnership reflect local tastes. However, Superette products are only available to pick up and cannot be delivered.

Uber Eats announced also a partnership to a Canadian cannabis retailer. In this instance, Tokyo Smoke.

Uber Technologies Inc. added Canadian cannabis retailer Tokyo Smoke to its marketplace on November 29, 2021—allowing customers to browse, then place orders from the Uber Eats app and finally pick it up at their nearest Tokyo Smoke store, with dozens of locations in the province. Browse through a variety of cannabis products.