The legal future for online dispensaries does not look good.
While current LPs are allowed to sell nation-wide using e-commerce solutions for medical purposes, the adult-use, or “recreational,” regulations will be in the province’s hands.
So far, there has been little appetite to allow inter-provincial cannabis sales. Not only does this restrict the potential reach for online businesses, many of which are currently delivering Canada-wide; it also leaves a huge potential market for illicit operators. Manitoba and Saskatchewan have set some encouraging guidelines, however, that would allow retailers to use a mail-order system; something Groundwork advocates all provinces to do,.
Groundwork advocates for both federal and provincial license-types that would allow nation-wide mail-order services to operate in a legal framework.