Marijuana is Now Available for Delivery in Toronto
Marijuana was illegal in Toronto just four years ago, now Uber Eats will deliver it to your door
It’s now possible to order marijuana through Uber Eats, the first time Uber Eats has signed up for this type of delivery.
Uber Eats has partnered with an online marijuana marketplace, Leafly, as per a CBC News report. The program will begin this week, allowing Toronto customers aged 19 and older to place cannabis orders on the Uber Eats app.
Leafly is an independent company with 160 employees, founded in California and headquartered in Seattle. Their website focuses on cannabis use and education, with more than 120 million annual visitors and 10 million monthly active users. And, the company provides a wide array of information on cannabis, along with 1.5 million consumer product reviews, more than 9,000 cannabis articles and resources, and around 5,000 verified strains in its database.
The deliveries will be from licensed retailers and fulfilled by staff from CanSell, an Ontario-based cannabis retail education program. This partnership is meant to tackle the underground marijuana market and encourage people to not drive while high.
Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashita expressed his thoughts on the breakthrough in a press release: “Leafly has been empowering the cannabis marketplace in Canada for more than four years and we support more than 200 cannabis retailers in the GTA. We are thrilled to work with Uber Eats to help licensed retailers bring safe, legal cannabis to people across the city.”
To order cannabis products, Toronto residents have to select the ‘Cannabis’ option and will see nearby retailers, just as if they were going to order any other type of product from the delivery app. Upon selecting their retailer, they’ll be asked to verify their age.
That’ll allow users to select from the retailers menu, just as if they were ordering food, and this will trigger notifications when their order is accepted by the retailer.
Upon delivery, customers will have to also verify their age and sobriety to CanSell certified staff.
This sudden approval led to speculation that the partnership could expand to the rest of Canada or even the United States. Recent breakthroughs in the legalization of marijuana in the US lend credibility to this theory.
Some users expressed on social media that Uber Eats and the partnering companies won’t be able to compete with the black market. Marijuana from the black market is usually cheaper and delivered faster.
Many of the downtown dispensaries also have free deliveries within the hour. For those who don’t live near a dispensary, the update would be well-received.