Uber Eats partners with Leafly for cannabis delivery in Toronto
Since last November, Ontario customers could already place an order for cannabis using Uber Eats, but then had to go to a store to pick up their purchases.
Torontoans will be able to Get cannabis delivered to your home starting Monday using the Uber Eats platform under a new partnership with online retailer Leafly.
The home food delivery platform, owned by American giant Uber Technologies, explained that this new association will allow orders placed at Hidden Leaf Cannabis, Minerva Cannabis and Shivaa's Rose stores to be processed.
< p class="e-p">This will be Uber's first experience in cannabis delivery.
We're teaming up with partners like Leafly to help retailers provide safe and convenient options for people in Toronto to buy cannabis legally, while receiving it directly at home. Uber Eats in Canada, Lola Kassim, in a statement.
[Home delivery of cannabis] helps to combat the illegal sale market, as well as reduce the number of people who drive while impaired, a- she added.
Specifically, customers, who must be 19 years of age or older, will place their orders on the Uber Eats app. For their part, through Leafly's tools, the stores will be able to receive and process them.
Retailers will then need to send staff certified by Ontario's cannabis retail training program, CannSell, to deliver the order to the customer. Buyer's sobriety and age will be validated upon delivery.
Uber has not specified what percentage of the transaction it will take or what will go to Leafly.
It was already possible for Ontario customers to place their order for cannabis using Uber Eats since last November, but they then had to go to the store themselves to pick up their purchases .
Uber Eats delivery service partners with Leafly platform for this new system marijuana delivery.
In Ontario, approximately 57% of cannabis purchased between January and the end of March was through official and legal channels, according to this report. revealed by the Ontario Cannabis Society last week.
These results are based on data provided by consumers to Statistics Canada, which however has caused some analysts to warn that the figures could be skewed by the fact that consumers are less likely to admit that they are buying illegal cannabis.
Home delivery of cannabis was first permitted in 2020 in Ontario, when the province closed most physical stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This initially temporary measure finally became permanent in March, under several conditions.
In particular, cannabis delivery companies cannot operate solely online or relying mainly on delivery. Orders must be placed with a specific store – not a chain in general – and deliveries must be made only during the opening hours of the store that sells the products.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario only allows authorized employees to deliver cannabis, so they won't be drivers from Uber who will deliver the orders.
Stores will be responsible for hiring and training staff for delivery, and it is these staff who will travel to customers to deliver their orders placed through the Uber Eats platform.