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Eaze grows policy team as it eyes cannabis delivery beyond California

A man and a woman enjoying a delivery from Eaze
Eaze

Eaze, often called "Uber for Pot," has added 10 people to its policy team in the last month as it eyes expanding its marijuana delivery service beyond California. Its latest hire, Laurent Crenshaw, was just hired from Yelp.

Why it matters: The move comes as many states have legalized either medical or recreational cannabis use, but also amid signals from the federal government that it hopes to crack down.

Eaze raises another $27M as money piles into cannabis tech

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Eaze, the company sometimes dubbed "Uber for pot," has raised another $27 million, the latest example of investors being willing to put big bucks into cannabis-related technology. The round was led by Bailey Capital with DCM Ventures, Kaya Ventures and FJ Labs also investing.

CEO Jim Patterson said the company plans to use the additional funding to expand geographically and to help pay for expensive engineering talent. Eaze doesn't grow or deliver the pot themselves but helps connect customers and distributors via a mobile app. "A third of my company is engineers who live in San Francisco," he said. The company now has 81 employees, up from 67 just four months ago.

High growth: Eaze says its grown 300 percent over last year and is now arranging 120,000 deliveries a month

Changing market, "The days of buying a baggie full of flowers that has no brand and just a strand name is coming to an end," Patterson said, noting that Eaze bet early on that the marijuana market would quickly come to resemble more traditional businesses.

Go deeper: check out our May interview with Patterson.