Jennawae McLean has been named the executive director for the Canadian chapter of NORML, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Weed delivery and curbside pickup may be sticking around in Ontario for good, if a provincial proposal goes through. Cannabis retailers have mixed feelings about the idea of delivery becoming permanent.
Seniors aged 65 or older are the country’s fastest growing age group of cannabis users, according to data collected by Statistics Canada.
“And from what I can tell, we have doing quite well all along because we have such a great team, of course, but a super supportive community that’s been following us.”
“I see our number-one status as a win for independents overall,” she says. “We did this with our own vision, our own drive and our own investment.”
“We have a temporary responsibility, which is a labor of love. It’s definitely a charity that we’re doing. Deliveries don’t really make us money it just helps us serve the community better,” she says, explaining there are the added costs of bringing on drivers and using a delivery app service.
McLean would like the province to provide clarity about how long stores will be allowed to offer delivery and curbside pickup as part of the phased reopening of the economy.
Jennawae McLean is a long-time cannabis activist who’s strived for gender and racial equity since entering the licensed retail space. Having advocated for legalization, she now serves on the board of NORML Canada, an organization that focuses on cannabis policy reform and public outreach.
“In order for our justice system to be truly effective, we need to have viable options for people to do after while they’re in rehabilitation, after they’ve done their sentence, whatever it may be,” she said.