By: Patrick Cain April 6, 2020
The courier company has worked out a way to verify that a cannabis buyer is of age while also obeying social distancing rules, says OCS spokesperson Daffyd Roderick.
“They are wearing gloves and masks,” he says. “You can show your ID through a window, or through a glass door. They look at it from a distance, they do not approach within the two-metre boundary unless there’s glass between the two, and they leave the parcel on the stairs. There’s no need for a physical signature.”
The OCS hopes to expand the area the courier serves to other large centres like Ottawa, and has a goal of making it available to 70 per cent of the Ontario market, up from the 40 per cent it serves now, Roderick said. On the other hand, the area is limited by the fact that all deliveries are sent from a central warehouse in Oakville.
Private stores could also be allowed to do home delivery, or click-and-collect pickups from stores, where people pre-order online and pick up cannabis from a store with minimal interaction, Maurer argues.
“I’m all for everyone staying safe and physically distant, but I do think that you could do this in a click-and-collect or delivery way where people are not put in jeopardy. If you can have Home Depot doing curbside, and you can have grocery stores doing curbside, there’s got to be a way to do it.”
“I just know how much benefit there is to the people who own those stores, because they’ve been waiting so long to get licensed and (are) spending so much money,” he said. “And the people who work at those stores … need money for rent and mortgage payments and groceries and things like that.”
As a practical matter, some people who buy through legal recreational channels are actually medical users, he pointed out.
An online petition to allow private stores to stay open for deliveries and pre-orders has over 3,000 signatures Monday.
Canada Post did not respond to a request for comment.