In an effort to keep up with the demand for cannabis amid COVID-19 safety concerns, Leafly is launching a weed delivery service in seven U.S. states to bring products directly to people’s homes.
The Seattle-based cannabis information company said Friday Leafly Delivery will join Leafly Pickup as part of its online ordering platform.
The new delivery service is already available in states that permit medical or recreational cannabis delivery, which include Michigan, Maryland, New York, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon. Leafly said it will expand into new markets as cannabis delivery policy continues to change.
“Cannabis stores across the U.S. and Canada are working tirelessly to meet the essential needs of customers while adapting to the realities of COVID-19,” Tim Leslie, CEO of Leafly, said in a statement.
“We’ve seen Leafly Pickup orders increase 176 per cent in the past month as consumers seek out ways to shop local and shop safely. Leafly Pickup and Delivery allows retailers to offer a fast and flexible online shopping and buying experience for their customers who need it most.”
The company said its Leafly Pickup service is linked to 1,600 North American weed retailers, and consumers will be able to pick up and pay for purchases in-store or curbside in jurisdictions that don’t permit delivery.
Leafly Delivery will work with dispensaries in the seven states who already operate their own delivery services to help streamline orders, the company added.
“People find our store on Leafly all the time,” said Marvin Jamo, owner of House of Dank in Detroit, Michigan. “But by offering Leafly Pickup and Delivery we can immediately convert those web visits into House of Dank customers, thanks to the familiar convenience of online ordering.”
“Whether they choose to come pick up in store or have us deliver their products, Leafly Pickup and Delivery make the logistics of processing, managing, and fulfilling online orders very easy, so that we can stay focused on serving our customers,” he added.
In Nevada, lawmakers have deemed cannabis essential but only delivery is allowed as physical stores have been ordered to close.
“Leafly Delivery is essential to our business. It gives customers a convenient and easy way to support our shop and order online, while making it seamless for us to manage our delivery fleet as part of our workflow,” said Joanna DeFilippis, director of operations at Blüm Reno in Las Vegas.
“Not only does this enable us to do business during this current moment, but it brings new revenue streams into our business by giving customers flexible ways to shop from us.”
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