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Manitoba may allow weed delivery using third-party companies

But the operators would assume full liability for the orders

Manitoba may start delivering cannabis using third-party companies
Photo by shopblocks via Wikimedia Commons

Cannabis users in Manitoba may soon be able to order cannabis along with their favorite sweet or savory munchies if new amendments to the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act are passed.

On Wednesday, the Manitoba government said the proposed regulations would allow third-party delivery companies like SkipTheDishes, DoorDash and UberEats to deliver cannabis and liquor in the province.

Under the proposal, the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Authority (LGCA) would establish a new licence category authorizing the companies to deliver liquor and weed on behalf of other licensees like restaurants or pot shops. The third-party businesses would take full legal responsibility for the orders.

“New regulations would shift obligation and responsibility from restaurants to third-party delivery companies, where it belongs,” Justice Minister Cameron Friesen said in a statement.

“With the delivery industry growing, we want to make sure that liquor and cannabis products are delivered safely and responsibly.”

Until Dec. 6, the proposal is undergoing a 45-day public consultation period. Manitoba residents can leave feedback on the proposed regulations on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal.

Read more: A few months in, BC weed delivery broadens reach but benefits are mixed

Read more: Ontario pitches permanent weed delivery and curbside pickup

If the regulations are passed, Manitoba would be the first province to allow cannabis delivery using third-party companies. The proposed regulations would also allow the LGCA to develop a monitoring program involving undercover, underage agents attempting to buy liquor or cannabis, to make sure the products aren’t getting in the hands of minors.

Last year, Manitoba introduced Bill 60, which would allow the hiring of minors to bait retailers and prosecute underage sales.

Provinces like British Columbia have implemented private delivery programs. Some cannabis retailers say benefits are still to be seen, as it adds extra costs that can be punishing for small operators.

 

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