Toronto consumers can order cannabis via food delivery platform Uber Eats through a partnership with local pharmacies and online marijuana resource Leafly, which launched Monday.
“We are partnering with industry leaders like Leafly to help retailers provide safe and convenient options for people in Toronto to purchase legal cannabis and have it delivered to their homes. will help fight the illegal market and help reduce driving disabilities,” said Lola Kassim, General Manager of Uber Eats Canada, Both companies said in a statement on sunday. “Over the last few years, we have invested heavily in our delivery business, and our options have expanded significantly. “
Under the new program, Toronto residents 19 and older can use the Uber Eats app to order cannabis from any of three licensed retailers: Hidden Leaf Cannabis, Minerva Cannabis and Shivaa’s Rose. The order is then processed and delivered by pharmacy employees certified by CannSell, a training and certification program mandated in Ontario.
The partnership between Uber Technologies and Leafly is designed to help combat competition from Canada’s illegal cannabis market, despite the country’s legalization of cannabis in 2018. New cannabis delivery program makes city roads safer.
“First and foremost, we believe this is a key factor in helping discourage disabled driving. It accounts for over 40% of cannabis sales in Ontario.” Kassim told CBC Toronto“That’s why we offer options beyond in-store pickup. It’s also an option for consumers on platforms like Uber Eats that many Torontonians already know and love.” You know, trust and security.”
Nearly 57% of cannabis purchased from the beginning of this year through the end of March came through a regulated supply chain, according to data from Ontario’s only legal recreational marijuana wholesaler, the Ontario Cannabis Store. It was something. The numbers are based on information provided to Statistics Canada by consumers, and may be affected by the reluctance of many to admit cannabis use to government agencies.
Home delivery launched during pandemic
Cannabis home delivery by regulated businesses began in Ontario in 2020 when restrictions were enacted to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the temporary rule, licensed shops could use couriers to deliver goods to their customers. The state’s cannabis regulatory agency, the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO), made home delivery rules permanent with some new restrictions in March.
Under the regulations, cannabis delivery services must be part of a licensed brick-and-mortar store and must not derive their business primarily or exclusively through delivery sales. Orders must be placed with a specific store, not a network of shops. Deliveries to third parties are not permitted and all orders must be delivered while the pharmacy serving the order is open. Food orders through Uber Eats must be placed separately from cannabis delivery orders, as your purchases will be delivered by pharmacy employees.
To order, customers open the Uber Eats app and select the “Cannabis” category or search for one of the three retailers. Customers must be within your shop’s delivery range to place an order for delivery. Once the order has been accepted by the retailer, the customer will be notified of the approximate delivery time.When the pharmacy staff arrives to deliver the order, the customer’s age will be determined in accordance with Ontario regulations and his CannSell training. and the amount of drinking should be checked.
Hidden Leaf co-owner Marissa Taylor wanted to partner with Uber Eats and Leafly.
“We’re a small business, really about making cannabis reach more people,” she said. It won’t be easy…and e-commerce is definitely the way to go to expand our reach.”
The partnership between Uber Eats and Leafly is the first food delivery platform to offer customers home delivery of cannabis products. In November, Uber Eats launched a program that allows Ontario consumers to order cannabis from the Tokyo Smoke chain of retailers through an app. However, the platform does not offer delivery, so customers have to go to a pharmacy to pick up their order.