Article by CBC News
Ontario’s government-run cannabis distributor has cancelled its tender for couriers to make same-day pot deliveries.
The provincial corporation tasked with the online sale and distribution of recreational cannabis posted a cancellation notice on Friday via the Ontario government’s tender portal.
The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, which conducts e-commerce as the Ontario Cannabis Store, did not cite a specific reason for why it decided not to proceed, and the OCS was not immediately available for comment.
The corporation first posted the tender in January, calling for “expedited same-day delivery” for OCS orders. The project was set to begin as early as March in the Greater Toronto Area.
The OCS was the only way to legally buy recreational pot in Ontario until April 1, when the province’s first bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores opened their doors.
However, consumers can still only make online purchases of adult-use pot from the OCS.
The tender cancellation comes after the Ontario Chamber of Commerce earlier this month called on the province to consider allowing consumers to buy pot directly from licensed producers and retailers to “improve customer convenience,” among other recommendations.
Ryan Dempsey, the chief executive of Ontario-based cannabis delivery service company Eddy Delivery, which had been vying for the contract, said he was surprised at the cancellation.
OCS customers faced lengthy delivery delays
Dempsey said he hopes the Ontario government will instead make changes to current regulations to allow for on-demand delivery of recreational pot, similar to the framework in place for alcohol in the province.