Expanded Cannabis Delivery Options | Columbia Valley, Cranbrook, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Kimberley, Ktunaxa Nation

Cannabis users have greater access to legal and safer non-medical cannabis, now that licensed retailers have additional means to deliver products directly to customers.

As of July 8, licensed cannabis retail stores (CRS) in British Columbia can deliver non-medical cannabis to consumers through common carriers such as Canada Post and delivery service providers. This builds on the July 2021 authorization granted to CRS licensees and their employees to deliver non-medical cannabis to consumers.

“Since the federal legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes, we have continued to seek ways to support the cannabis industry in our province while providing safe and accessible options for British Columbians,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Expanding delivery service options not only enhances equality within the marketplace, but also gives consumers more reason to purchase legal rather than illicit products.”

Expanded delivery options will provide more economic opportunities for retailers and supports demands from licensed private industry to align with the public sector managed online retail platform operated by BC Liquor Distribution Branch, said a news release from the Department of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“Private retailers welcome this expanded delivery regime,” said Jaclynn Pehota, executive director of the Retail Cannabis Council of BC. “This is an important tool for our members. The government heard our request and responded. Knowing that the government supports and creates parity within the legal cannabis industry will help retailers thrive and continue to ensure British Columbians have choice as consumers.

The province also released another study showing pesticide levels in illicit cannabis products, bolstering consumer protections provided by the legal and regulated cannabis system. The report, Chemical analysis of illicit cannabiscan be read on the Government of British Columbia’s “Buy Legal” webpage.

National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health blog post on British Columbia’s 2021 Illicit Cannabis Pilot Study.

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