The B.C. government says new rules for private cannabis retailers will allow for reserving and paying for the pot online, but customers still need to pick up their orders in person.
The province says regulations now allow private cannabis stores to accept payments made through a website, app or over the phone.
Previous license terms allowed customers to reserve cannabis products online, but required them to visit a store to complete payment and obtain their purchases.
The province says it changed its policies due to demand from private retailers, who felt that online ordering would help limit customer time in stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To further distance businesses from the illegal market, the province says it has also changed regulations to allow retailers with multiple stores to accept prepaid purchases or gifts at any of that licensee’s locations or through its online system.
The province says it is also considering proposals from private retailers for online delivery of cannabis, but says any potential relaxation of the existing delivery ban should maintain strict standards preventing young people from accessing cannabis.