Canadian Legal Marijuana Industry Embraces Mail-Order Bud
Canadians will be able to order cannabis through the mail beginning October 17, as part of the nation’s new legalization of recreational pot. Lawmakers in the country passed the Cannabis Act earlier last month, setting the country up to regulate the market in the coming months. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that legalization will begin on Oct. 17. The country is the second to legalize the substance nationwide, after Uruguay.
The federal minimum age for marijuana use in Canada will be 18, but some provinces are setting their own minimum age at 19, which is the drinking age in most areas. Provinces are also creating their own regulations regarding pot shops, home-growing and taxes.
Medical marijuana, which has been legal in Canada for nearly 20 years, has been available through the mail since 2013.
The country’s postal service said in a statement that it will deliver regulated recreational marijuana following the same policies, such as proof of age upon delivery, according to ABC News. Though nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, it is still against the law to have it delivered through the mail in the U.S. While getting marijuana by mail may be a novel concept in the U.S., it's nothing new in Canada. Its postal service, Canada Post, has been shipping medical marijuana to authorized patients since 2013.
"Many of our processes are in place today for medicinal cannabis and will continue for any regulated product sent through Canada Post from licensed distributors"
Canada Post requires proof of age upon delivery and won't leave the package unless someone is there to receive it.