Employee safety and driversâ€™ insurance are among the issues retailers must tackle as they prepare to restart the service
The updated rules also ban house brands and in-store advertising
But cannabis stores arenâ€™t causing more infections, retailers say, and shouldnâ€™t be used as a political prop to drive vaccinations.
Pre-rolls captured 19% of the provinceâ€™s overall cannabis sales, while milled flower sales doubled.
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.
â€œI see our number-one status as a win for independents overall,â€ she says. â€œWe did this with our own vision, our own drive and our own investment.â€
â€œWe have a temporary responsibility, which is a labor of love. Itâ€™s definitely a charity that weâ€™re doing. Deliveries donâ€™t really make us money â€” it just helps us serve the community better,â€ she says, explaining there are the added costs of bringing on drivers and using a delivery app service.
Cannabis delivery and curbside pickup are a labour of love, a public service and quite frankly the only responsible approach to help flatten the curve. Let us do our part.
Most insurance companies arenâ€™t really looking at cannabis stores right now. Itâ€™s even worse than the way banking is for weed businesses, notes McLean.
â€œItâ€™s still too slow,â€ says Calyx + Trichomes Cannabis co-owner Jennawae McLean. â€œAs an owner, I am holding back opening more locations because I quite frankly do not want to go through another year or two holding a lease with that type of uncertainty.â€
m, McLean says the eight retailers need to apologize and consider donating to Cannabis Amnesty, an organization that lobbies for expungement of cannabis-related charges to undo the some of the harms of cannabis prohibition.
For longtime cannabis advocates and former legacy market operators Jennawae McLean and Lorenzo Cavion, building authenticity into the four walls of their regulated store came naturally.