This is a great first: Uber announced on Monday to launch into a new sector: that of cannabis. The company is now offering Canadians living in Ontario the option of ordering marijuana products on Uber Eats.
Residents of Ottawa or Toronto will therefore be able to order marijuana, just like drinks or dishes.
Customers will have to prove their age by coming to pick up their order
But for now, there’s no question of delivery: customers will have to pick up their order from the stores of Tokyo Smoke, a legal cannabis dealer with 50 stores in Ontario. Orders will be fulfilled “within an hour of purchase,” Uber promises.
To be able to place an order, customers will need to confirm their age, then show ID when picking up their purchase.
Uber Eats and Tokyo Smoke partnership, “a world first for a delivery company”, should help “fight the underground illegal market” which, according to the company, is responsible for “more than 40% of non-medical sales nationwide “.
Canada, first in the G7 to legalize
In October 2018, Canada became the first G7 country to legalize the use of recreational cannabis.
The proportion of Canadians buying their cannabis from dealers fell sharply last May, from 51.3% at the start of 2018 to 35.4% at the end of 2020, according to Statistics Canada.