Here’s a sentence we didn’t ever envision ourselves writing: if you reside in Canada, you can now order cannabis through Uber. Yes, whereas previously, Uber was mainly good for ill-advised drunken booty calls, hangover takeaways and the ruthless exploitation of the gig economy, you can now request the purchase of fat nugs instead of that totally unnecessary midnight McDonalds.
Available to purchase through its Uber Eats app, this a seriously significant milestone, regardless of the coy tone we might be taking. In a country that once held the power to confer life imprisonment on those in violation of its The Narcotics Control Act of 1961, the ability to order bud through a freaking food delivery service should not be overlooked.
This follows the long legalisation path that cannabis underwent in Canada, culminating in The Cannabis Act (C-45) of June, 2018. And while that legislature applied to the whole of Canada, the delivery service is currently only obtainable by Ontario residents.
Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has previously said that the company would consider expanding into bona-fide cannabis delivery once legalisation in the US was more uniform. Considering the stringent and previously ruinous drug laws practised by that nation, it would be even an even bigger turnaround than the one demonstrated with this new, Ontario-exclusive service.
When pressed upon the possibility of expanding into other Canadian states, a spokesperson for Uber declared the following. “We will continue to watch regulations and opportunities closely market by market. And as local and federal laws evolve, we will explore opportunities with merchants who operate in other regions.”
A bizarre, yet welcome development that proves the future, and all its promise of drug legalisation it promises, is inching ever closer. To find out about another milestone in cannabis legalisation, click here.