The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) wishes to deliver cannabis within 24 hours of the order. However,currently, deliveries are made by the Canadian Post Office, with the same deadlines as for any conventional delivery. The SQDC hopes to be as competitive as the black market, which offers quick deliveries to its customers.
“We have a mandate to migrate consumers from the black market to the legal market,”. Explained Fabrice Giguère, spokesperson for the SQDC. “It is an additional measure to fulfill this mandate because proximity and immediacy are two things that are desirable.
The SQDC is, therefore, launching a call for tenders to determine, as a first step, whether it is possible to offer a faster delivery service than at present. The pilot project expected to last between six and nine months and aims to deliver approximately 400 packages per week on the island of Montreal. If successful, the service could be extendable also, to the northern and southern islands.
“We have strict protocols for parcel delivery,” explained Giguère. “We don’t yet know if we will be able to develop the project because we don’t know if we will have suppliers with the type of technology necessary to meet our strict protocols. »
According to the SQDC, upon delivery, recipients will be asked for identification to ensure that they are not minors. In fact,Quebec recently raised the legal age for possessing or using cannabis to 21 years of age.
“We do not yet know the exact mechanics. We obviously want to keep the cost to the customer as low as possible,” said Giguère. “It’s a process and that’s why we want to give ourselves time to show that it’s possible and to ensure that everything goes as planned.
The current services provided by the SQDC promise delivery within 1 to 3 days, at $5 per order in the province. Besides,the maximum amount of cannabis that can be purchased at any one time is 30g.