VICTORIA – British Columbia cannabis retailers can start supplying recreational cannabis products to their customers next month.
The BC government announced Thursday that all licensed non-medicinal cannabis vendors would be allowed to deliver their products from July 15th.
The Department of Public Safety and Attorney General say this is another reason cannabis users need to “go legal” when buying cannabis in BC.
“Since non-medicinal cannabis was federally legalized, we’ve been working to support a strong and diverse cannabis industry, shrink the illicit market, and keep products out of the reach of children and adolescents,” said Mike Farnworth, Secretary of Public Safety and Attorney General in a statement dated Thursday.
“Direct delivery to consumers is not only a benefit retailers have told us is critical to the viability of their industry, but also a way to advance our public safety goals,” added Farnworth.
The announcement follows the government’s decision last August to allow cannabis retailers to sell their products online.
Only adults are allowed to take cannabis delivery orders, and anyone who appears to be under the age of 19 must show two IDs, the province says.
The customer does not have to be at the address or the person who placed the order. However, you must provide your name and signature to receive the delivery.
CANNABIS WORKER SAFETY CHECK COMPLETED
The province says it is also lifting safety clearance requirements for cannabis workers to avoid hiring delays. The province says the change will allow cannabis retailers to hire staff faster to handle delivery, and will cut costs for industry and government.
“The government has consulted, listened and really delivered,” said Jaclynn Pehota, executive director of the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers, in a statement Thursday.
“Knowing that retailers can start hiring people without delay and are ready to better serve customers’ needs when delivery becomes an option is incredibly welcome news,” said Pehota.
“Convenient home delivery to the mix of knowledgeable staff and regulated products can only serve to make the legal cannabis sector the source of choice for more people,” she added.
As of 2018, the British Columbia government has conducted security audits of more than 7,000 aspiring cannabis workers and has not found any significant risk of links to organized crime, according to the province.
According to the ministry, potential retailers will continue to undergo a security clearance when applying for a license.