Article by Amy O’Kruk, Globe and Mail
Several Canadian entrepreneurs are preparing to launch cannabis delivery companies in time for legalization on Oct. 17, despite the fact this service will be illegal for recreational marijuana in most provinces..These entrepreneurs believe clients will be willing to pay to get deliveries faster than they could from provincially run cannabis websites. If municipalities block legal cannabis stores from operating in certain areas, that could also boost opportunities for private delivery services..After working as an operations and strategy manager at Uber Canada for more than two years, Ryan Dempsey started developing plans for Eddy Delivery, a Toronto-based on-demand cannabis delivery service, in May..He sees Eddy as an opportunity to offer consumers privacy and convenience while giving existing recreational users a legal alternative to the home-delivery black market. In many Canadian cities, illegal cannabis delivery is thriving. Weedmaps, a popular Yelp-like app for cannabis dispensaries and strains, lists more than 100 businesses currently delivering recreational cannabis in Toronto..“We think the speed and reliability of our delivery will differentiate our service,” Mr. Dempsey said. He points to other advantages, too. Users will know their purchase is legal, quality-tested and can be paid for with a credit or debit card..With a five-person team, Eddy plans to launch first in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the only two provinces that currently allow private recreational cannabis delivery. Other provinces, such as Alberta, have ruled the model out, while some have yet to finalize plans. Ontario remains a question mark as the province continues to consult municipalities before finalizing its regulations.