Uber Eats, in partnership with the cannabis resource company Leafly, is now offering delivery of cannabis in British Columbia.
The partnership means that anyone over the age of 19 can now order legal cannabis and have it delivered to their home much like they were ordering a takeaway.
Under the partnership, residents can order cannabis from local, licensed cannabis retailers. Uber Eats contractors will not be delivering the cannabis themselves, instead employees of the cannabis shop will be the ones who make the delivery. The employees will also have to verify the recipient’s age and sobriety.
There are currently 13 retailers from Vancouver and Victoria signed up to the program with hopes that it could be expanded to other cities in British Columbia as well.
Uber Eats became the first third-party delivery platform to offer cannabis delivery when they launched in Ontario six months ago.
“More British Columbians are accessing legal cannabis than ever before. We are partnering with industry leaders like Leafly to help retailers offer safe, convenient options for people in British Columbia to purchase legal cannabis for delivery directly to their homes. This will help reduce impaired driving and improve road safety,” said Klaas Knieriem, General Manager of New Verticals for Uber Eats Canada.
Speaking of the expansion to British Columbia, Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly said:“Over the last few years, we have invested heavily in our delivery offering and selection has expanded tremendously. Uber Eats has grown quickly to become a versatile platform usable by diverse businesses large and small.”
“Leafly has been empowering the cannabis marketplace in Canada for more than four years and we support more than 850 cannabis retailers in British Columbia. We are thrilled to work with Uber Eats to help licenced retailers bring safe, legal cannabis to people across the province.”