As Canada’s recreational cannabis market continues to grow, regulated retailers are offering customers the option of purchasing and having their purchases delivered directly to them via online purchase and delivery. This trend has been embraced by cannabis consumers and has provided many businesses with an additional revenue stream that can be used to invest in their business or grow their company without having to add another brick-and-mortar location. Read more weedsmart.cc
The Canadian Cannabis Revolution: Navigating the Online Dispensary Experience
But, while Canada’s government has set some rules for legal cannabis sales, individual provinces have a significant amount of autonomy when it comes to setting their own rules and regulations. This has made it difficult for some e-commerce companies to determine how best to serve their customers across Canada, particularly in areas where retail stores are not allowed to operate (Ontario) or when COVID-19 forces them to implement strict shelter-in-place orders (BC).
The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is currently the only place where you can legally buy cannabis online for delivery in the province. But, in the future, it’s likely that other regulated online dispensaries will open. This will provide customers with more options for buying and receiving their products, but also presents a greater challenge for privacy and security in the industry. In an attempt to combat the issue, the OCS has partnered with Shopify Plus and says that it is developing systems that will store customer data exclusively in Canada. But, this may not be enough to deter criminals from selling illegally online.