BC’s new recreational cannabis home delivery and security changes are a positive game-changer for retailers

POSTED ON July 7, 2021


Thanks to the efforts of numerous behind-the-scenes cannabis industry advocates, including the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES), cannabis retail stores in BC can provide home delivery service as of July 15, 2021.

While it comes as a welcome surprise to many cannabis retailers, many will need to pivot to implement an entirely new process in a very short time frame. With its strong partner network, Greenline can help streamline the entire online ordering and delivery process for your store. A large part of the success of the Greenline software is in its ability to connect to a variety of software programs specific to specialized areas of expertise including eCommerce, click-and-collect, digital signage and much more.

If you need assistance to set up your delivery service, please reach out to us, we’re here to help. Greenline supports Dutchie, Buddi, Verda and more.

Learn more about Greenline’s integration partners: https://getgreenline.co/greenline-marketplace/

Removal of security verification requirements for cannabis workers

In addition to allowing for cannabis delivery, BC is eliminating security verification requirements for cannabis workers. This coincides well with the home delivery announcement as retailers can now hire staff without having to wait for approval, often several months, and without the restriction, new hires can help with the new delivery process and set up retailers to take advantage of this opportunity to increase revenues and better serve their valued customers.

About legal cannabis delivery in B.C.

from BC Public Safety and Solicitor General

  • Only cannabis retail store (CRS) licensees and their employees will be authorized to deliver non-medical cannabis products directly to consumers. Licensees will not be able to use third-party delivery services.
  • Licensees may choose to deliver by motor vehicle, bike or on foot, but they must ensure product is stored securely during delivery. Employees delivering product must carry a copy of their CRS licence as identification for law enforcement.
  • Delivery will be limited to residential addresses in B.C. or to an area immediately outside the CRS (e.g., for curbside pickup), and may only take place between the hours 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., unless these hours are further restricted by the local government or Indigenous Nation where the store is located or by the general manager of the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.
  • Purchases for delivery will be subject to the same individual transaction limits in place at retail stores (e.g., a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis per transaction).
  • With these changes, government will no longer require existing CRS workers to undertake a followup security screening after five years.
  • Government will reimburse the $100 application fee to cannabis workers who have applied for but not yet received their worker qualification.