In Toronto, Canada, the food delivery service Uber Eats has partnered with local vendors for the first time in history to begin delivering marijuana to residents on Monday.
The official partner for the delivery is the start-up Leafly. The establishment sells marijuana online. It is situated in Seattle, roughly 160 kilometres from the Canadian border. According to them, the alliance will aid in battling the illicit black market, which accounts for more than 50% of non-medical marijuana sales.
Only people 19 years of age and older are eligible for delivery.
While the ordering procedure is identical to that for food, only government and retailer-certified workers, not just any Uber Eats driver, will deliver the marijuana. When a client arrives, the personnel must confirm their age and level of intoxication. Cannabis was approved for both medical and recreational use on October 17, 2018, in Canada. Under some restrictions, it was previously permitted for medical uses. Official estimates imply that 18% of Americans, or more than 48.2 million people, try marijuana each year.
As of right now, 19 states have legalised marijuana for recreational use, increasing the percentage of young adults who use it. An edible or tablet laced with THC can be used to consume marijuana. The brain’s reward molecule, dopamine, is stimulated, leading to emotions of pleasure, satisfaction, and achievement. This is how it functions.
A lower IQ has been linked to altered brain development from long-term drug usage.
The drug has also been connected to mental health issues like depression. Instead of being delivered by Uber Eats staff members, cannabis products will instead be delivered by the stores where they were purchased.
Hidden Leaf Cannabis, Minerva Cannabis, and Shiva’s Rose are among the stores that will now sell through Uber Eats. The decision, according to Lola Kassim, general manager of Uber Eats Canada, will give clients a “secure, convenient” alternative that avoids the illegal market.
“We have made significant investments in our delivery company over the past few years, and the selection has significantly increased, she continued. According to estimates, nearly two out of every five marijuana items purchased in Ontario were likely procured illegally.”Lola Kassim said.
According to Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashita, they are “thrilled” to be collaborating with Uber Eats to sell cannabis lawfully across the nation.