Article by Angela Stelmakowich, London Free Press
The Ontario government’s decision to remove cannabis retail from the essential businesses list has left the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) as the only option for weed lovers. As it stands, cannabis retail will remain off the list for the next two weeks — no word on whether or not that period might be extended — and OCS.ca will continue as an essential business..With no brick-and-mortar stores open for business, cannabis consumers will only be able to get delivery via Canada Post, which will be no charge but require the customer to show proof of identity when picking up at the post office, and Domain Express three-day delivery, which is also no charge and comes directly to one’s door in select areas, notes an OCS blog post from Sunday..The hours of service for the direct-to-door services, which is only available for certain areas in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Waterloo Region and Guelph, will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sorry, no service will be available to P.O. boxes. “When submitting your order, please enter a mobile phone number (no landlines, please). We will text you order updates,” the blog post states..“We are waiving shipping charges during the pandemic to make this service as accessible as possible,” according to the OCS. “Supply levels are not currently affected by the response to COVID-19,” the Crown corporation adds..“It is a shame that the Ford government has moved to shut down cannabis retailers in the province. This move does nothing but embolden the black market, who will obviously continue to meet consumer demand,” David Clement, Toronto-based North American affairs manager for the Consumer Choice Center, says in a statement. “If retailers aren’t allowed to remain open, the Ford government should allow for retailers to offer delivery to consumers, something that is currently prohibited,” Clement says.