Ontario AG seeks emergency order to allow delivery of cannabis and curbside collection

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The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General has drafted an emergency order to allow Ontario cannabis retailers to offer curbside delivery or pickup services to customers within a few days after the province said all recreational cannabis stores were a non-essential service, forcing them to remain closed for at least the next two weeks.

The MA office did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

A draft order proposal seen by mail states that curbside delivery and collection services can only be offered by those who have completed the training program of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario managed by CannSell, which is currently a requirement for all cannabis retailers. employees.

According to the proposal, no more than 30 grams of dried cannabis can be delivered or picked up and can only take place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. any day of the week.

Identity checks will be required as they currently relate to online orders from the Ontario Cannabis Store or in-person retail sales.

There are 52 brick and mortar cannabis stores in Ontario that were originally designated “essential” when the province declared on March 24 the closure of all non-essential businesses to control the spread of the coronavirus.

But barely 10 days later, Doug Ford’s government reversed the trend, removing cannabis from the list of essential services. Cannabis producers remain active as they provide medical purchases directly to patients.

“I think it’s good that the Ford government has listened to some of the urgent comments from retailers in this province who have been at the forefront of defending this issue,” said Omar Yar Khan, group leader of cannabis at Hill & Knowlton Strategies, a public relations firm.

Mimi Lam, owner of Superette, an Ottawa-based cannabis retail store, said she’s looking forward to formal approval of street curbside pickup and delivery services, as her business has suffered tremendously since it closed. .

“It would have been devastating if we were to remain closed throughout this pandemic, not only for our employees, but also to provide safe options for consumers,” she said.

Lam added that pedestrian traffic in his store had dropped significantly since mid-March, even though people were buying more.

The closure of retail stores since April 4 is a boon for OCS.ca, where the average number of orders per day has now doubled to around 5,000.

“Over 30% of visitors come to the site for the first time,” OCS spokesperson Daffyd Roderick said in a recent email, adding that the provincial wholesaler has eliminated shipping charges for all deliveries.

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