Recreational cannabis retailers in B.C. will be allowed to deliver directly to customers starting July 15, the provincial government has announced.
It's being hailed as a "game changer."
"It's not rocket science, e-commerce is the way of the future," says Ryan Graham, general manager of Bluewater Cannabis in the South Okanagan. "For people to be able to browse retailer websites, pick and choose, pay online, get it delivered, what a time to be alive."
Graham says there's still a stigma around pot and some people just don't want to walk into a cannabis store.
Until now, the provincial government-run BC Cannabis Store has been the only online portal where BC customers can order cannabis and have it delivered (through Canada Post). The province has been inching toward a more level playing field for private retailers; in August 2020, B.C. allowed retailers to sell their products online—still, customers had to pick up their order at the store.
Under the new rules, adults will be allowed to receive delivery orders. The recipient doesn't have to be a resident at the address, or even the person who placed the order. However, they will have to provide their name and signature to take delivery.
"Since the federal legalization of non-medical cannabis, we've been working to support a strong and diverse cannabis industry, shrink the illicit market and keep products out of the hands of children and youth," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
"Allowing direct delivery to consumers isn't just an advantage retailers have told us is vital to the viability of their sector, it's also a way we can further our public safety goals."
The province said the move, which is in response to industry feedback, will support B.C.'s legal cannabis industry and strengthen the local economy.