Ontario to permit cannabis delivery, curbside pickup in lockdown regions – Article

Ontario will allow cannabis retailers to offer roadside pickup and delivery services in regions affected by impending lockdowns in the provinces, the province’s attorney general said Friday.

Cannabis retailers were allowed to offer brief delivery services in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, but these were lifted three months later.

With the Toronto and Peel regions slated to enter a lockdown period on Monday, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey tweeted on Friday that the province will allow cannabis retailers to re-provide these services to customers.

A source with direct knowledge of the matter said the new services are likely to remain on hold until the embargo ends. More details on how cannabis retailers are allowed to offer delivery services will be provided by the Ontario Alcohol and Gambling Commission, the source said.

More than 225 licensed cannabis stores are open in Ontario, and more than 700 applications are being considered by the provincial regulator. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, cannabis sales in Canada have risen as customers stocked up on licensed offerings and sales have increased through delivery services.

However, some retailers lamented the government’s decision to stop delivery services in July, claiming they accounted for up to 30 percent of retailers’ revenues.

Prior to Friday’s announcement, the provincial-owned Ontario Cannabis Store was the only provider of cannabis delivery services in the province.

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