While retail cannabis stores throughout the country closed during COVID-19 lockdown, government officials announced that the delivery of cannabis products would be available to Canadians during the pandemic. The provision of cannabis delivery is contingent on retailers continuing to comply with all laws and regulations that ensure cannabis is not sold or delivered to anyone under legal age limits established by the provinces.
The legalization of cannabis has sparked a variety of questions for Canadian businesses and customers alike. Abrar Suri, Strategic Account Manager at Purolator, breaks down these new regulations to answer your questions on how to comply with The Cannabis Act.
Medicinally, only a licensed producer – approved by Health Canada – can ship medical cannabis to patients registered on Health Canada’s network.
How has COVID-19 impacted the delivery of cannabis throughout Canada?
Canada legalized the use of recreational cannabis in October 2018, but delivery providers have had a longer period of time to prepare for shipping cannabis. The road to cannabis legalization started back in 2001, when Canada allowed mail-ordered medical cannabis. This was a service that required strict handling regulations throughout the supply chain. Now, logistics providers can use many of those shipping regulations to comply with the additional shipments contributed by The Cannabis Act. 1 Fast forward to 2019, Health Canada has added cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals, and edible cannabis to The Cannabis Act – bringing a need for further regulations to be implemented.
Health Canada has put strict regulations in place for the delivery of cannabis to ensure its security in transit. As a business, customer or simply as a Canadian, by informing yourself of these regulations, you’ll secure yourself a trouble-free process.
Recreationally, each province has a different distribution plan, outlined in the chart below. Canadians also have the option of buying online and having cannabis products shipped directly to them.
The same is true for buying cannabis seeds in another country. It may sound like a great idea to buy cannabis seeds while visiting one of the world-renowned marijuana seed banks that exist in places such as the Netherlands or the United Kingdom. But when you re-enter the U.S. with your goods, Customs and Border Protection will seize any seeds they find, even if your plane landed in a state where they are legal. Again, it goes back to marijuana being illegal under federal law.
If you live in a state that permits the sale of marijuana seeds, your best bet is to shop locally for high-quality seeds. This means visiting a dispensary, local farmers market, or seed company in your state to make your purchase. There, you can get the in-person help you need to make your purchase legally.
It is also an option to buy cannabis seeds online from an online seed bank and then have the seeds shipped to you, so long as you are abiding by state law. The risk here is that your package could still be confiscated. While it is unlikely that you would face criminal charges, there is no guarantee because of the way federal law treats marijuana products.
How Much Do Cannabis Seeds Cost?
Thinking about starting your own cannabusiness? You are not alone. From CBD to medical marijuana to edibles, legal cannabis has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with few signs of slowing down any time soon.
In the United States, cannabis seeds cannot cross state lines because marijuana products are still illegal under federal law. Though rare, transporting the products across state lines could result in federal criminal charges. This is true even if you are purchasing cannabis seeds in a state that authorizes it and entering a state that also authorizes it.
You shouldn’t have any trouble buying cannabis seeds in another state or country if it’s legal there. It’s bringing the seeds back to your home state that can get you into trouble.
How much you will pay for cannabis seeds depends on the strain of marijuana you buy. Typically, a pack of 10 or 12 seeds starts at around $40. You can expect to pay up to $500 for high-end strains. Again, it is important to only buy cannabis seeds from a legal and reputable seed bank or dispensary — and only if you know you are abiding by state law.
The truth is that most of these individuals on the dark net use still the good, old-fashioned US Postal Service to get their product from A to B.
But marijuana is legal, isn’t it? There’s no problem here? Yes, in many states cannabis is allowed for both recreational and medicinal use.
Mailing Weed: What Are the Statistics?
At the end of the day, therefore, the US Postal Service could well be the safer bet if you are planning on mailing weed anytime soon. That’s pretty cold comfort.
With strict penalties in force and our intrepid US Postal Service inspectors looking out for drugs of all sorts, it’s a surprise that people still use this method of delivery.
The truth is that the United States Postal Service does keep an eye out for drugs trafficking. After all, sticking your drugs in the mail is pretty easy to do. And more of us do it than you would probably think.