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Uber Eats now allows ordering cannabis in Ontario, Canada

Robert Besser
26 Nov 2021, 06:39 GMT+10

TORONTO, Ontario: Online food ordering firm Uber Eats has announced its alliance with Tokyo Smoke to enable the purchase of cannabis in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Uber Eats began taking orders for marijuana on November 22.

However, Uber Eats will not deliver marijuana, as customers will have to pick it up in person.

"By combining a streamlined ordering process through the Uber Eats app with Tokyo Smoke's in-person pickup service, we're creating a new end-to-end experience for responsible cannabis ordering across the province," according to GM at Uber Eats Canada Lola Kassim, as quoted by the New York Post.

Tokyo Smoke has some 50 locations across Ontario, which includes a Windsor-based store, according to its website.

Orders placed through Uber will be available at stores within 60 minutes, where customers will be required to present proof of identity and age.

This alliance is viewed as a step in Uber's entering the lucrative marijuana market, which chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi had proposed in the past.

Uber Eats has long delivered alcohol and, Khosrowshahi noted during an April interview on CNBC, that deliveries of marijuana within the United States is also planned, based upon U.S. law.

In 2018, Canada became the first nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, resulting in a number of cannabis firms having their headquarters in Canada, even though they operate in the United States.

It is not known whether Uber will seek to expand its marijuana services throughout Canada.

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