April 1, 2020 10:58 am ETEstimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
Even though you might be holed up in your home, cannabis dispensaries are still open in many recreational and medical states but with new procedures. Both in the US and Canada, demand is increasing sharply for cannabis delivery services amid requirements that some brick and mortar cannabis dispensaries close or restrict services due to COVID 19. Modern life may have its drawbacks, but legal cannabis delivered to your door wouldn’t be one of them. In 2020, millions of Americans now have access to the world’s cleanest, strongest, most fragrant cannabis ever grown—all from a click of a cursor or mobile phone tap.
Cannabis Purchases Just Got More Convenient
In Las Vegas, cannabis stores and dispensaries that have been required to shut down, as a result of the emergency order by Nevada Governor Sisolak, are allowed to sell cannabis by direct delivery. The announcement came the same day that local representatives announced a plan to allow curbside alcohol service as well. Berkeley CA ordered its cannabis dispensaries to stop serving customers inside stores and to turn to a delivery-only model on March 25, 2020.
While this may sound just fine, only one cannabis business in Berkeley has delivery service, so the mandate means others will have to close. Many cannabis supporting representatives have been seeking ways local laws can be changed, even temporarily – to hinder the effect on the cannabis consuming community. Drive-up style pickups for dispensary orders will also be allowed until in Colorado April 18 and The Native Roots Dandelion store just became the first dispensary in the state to receive a cannabis delivery license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.
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Cannabis Delivery Simplifies the Purchasing Process
For areas that have allowed cannabis delivery, generally, a customer would place an online order or a phone order to a licensed store. Then a confirmation email or text is received along with a delivery time. When the delivery arrives, the buyer shows ID, signs, pays and gets their goods. Along with curbside pickup options, the cannabis industry is working with local representatives to fast track alternative purchase options for cannabis consumers across the globe. Click-and-collect services, where customers pay for products online for pickup in-store, are also expected to experience higher demand.
Easing Access in Difficult Times
People need cannabis in uncertain times so Leafly is providing a pickup and delivery service portal for legal US states and certain Canadian regions to help facilitate safe lawful access. While the cannabis industry has been toying with online orders, delivery options and continuing to push the envelope – this event has opened the door to these for good. Yes, most of these allowances are temporary, the public, the consumer, and retailer will all have the experience to draw off of for future cannabis legislation.
Dispensaries Now Know What it’s Going to Take to Deliver
While these changes to legal cannabis purchases have been made without lengthy discussions, due to the circumstances- lacking the time for logistical planning for the retail cannabis industry. Those who have been hoping for this opportunity may have had some of the measures in place needed to pull this off successfully. Changes to dispensary policies will need to include ramped up security measures as well as contingency plans for staff on the street with products.
Natasha has worked as a journalist in the cannabis scene for several years. She travels regularly in her tiny house school bus conversion to keep up to date with the ever-changing industry. Her experience is varied and eclectic.
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