B.C. pot shops can now deliver through Canada Post, other carriers

The move will allow cannabis retail stores to deliver non-medical cannabis to consumers through common carriers such as Canada Post and other delivery-service providers.

B.C. has granted legal non-medical cannabis retailers the ability to direct mail their products. | Olena Ruban/Moment/Getty Images

The province of British Columbia is granting legal non-medical cannabis retailers the ability to mail products directly to consumers starting today

"Since federal legalization of non-medical cannabis, we have continued to look for ways to support the cannabis industry in our province while providing safe and accessible options for British Columbians," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "Expanding delivery service options not only builds equality within the market, (but) it also gives consumers one more reason to buy legal instead of illicit."

The move will allow cannabis retail stores to deliver non-medical cannabis to consumers through common carriers such as Canada Post and other delivery-service providers. Stores have already been able to deliver cannabis with their own delivery staff.

"Private retailers welcome this expanded delivery regime," said Jaclynn Pehota, executive director, Retail Cannabis Council of BC. "This is a significant tool for our members. Government heard our request and responded. Knowing that the government supports and is creating parity within the legal cannabis industry will help retailers thrive and will continue to ensure British Columbians have a choice as consumers."

The expansion of delivery options also brings legal non-medical cannabis retailers in line with the publicly run online retail sales platform operated by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.

Only adults 19 and older are allowed to receive delivery orders and they are required to provide a name and signature to accept the delivery.