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How to Legally Order Cannabis Online in Canada


Cannabis has been fully legal since 2018, and allows Canadian residents to possess and purchase up to 30 grams of marijuana at any one tip (which is typically enough to make about 60 joints). These new regulations mean that there’s a lot of new potential for cannabis enthusiasts in Canada looking to buy top-quality weed - however, there’s an issue. Indeed, not all provinces have been as active in the uptake of the new legalization. What’s more, many people are still concerned about their privacy with buying cannabis, and this means that many people will instead turn to online cannabis dispensaries to supply them with the cannabis that they need.

If you’ve been wondering about how you can order cannabis online legally, there’s a few different rules you should follow. Fortunately, our team is on hand today to help you find out more about ordering cannabis online and how you can stay on the right side of the law when doing so.

How Are Online Cannabis Orders Delivered?

First of all, let’s take a look at the regulations and requirements surrounding delivery of cannabis to Canadian customers. If you buy cannabis from a Canadian online dispensary, your order will likely be delivered either by the RCMP or Canada Post. Both of these delivery teams offer cannabis delivery services in line with the law, following all relevant guidelines and regulations.

When buying cannabis online, always ensure that the company is using a licensed delivery company to deliver your order. Furthermore, you should always ensure that the packaging and labeling used by your chosen cannabis delivery team will follow the current requirements for your federal and provincial regulations.

Cannabis Legislation You Should Be Aware Of

How Can I Choose a Licensed Cannabis Supplier?

When ordering online, it can be a little bit difficult to choose a fully licensed and legitimate cannabis supplier. Indeed, with so many cannabis dispensaries selling products online, how can you be sure that you’re buying from a trusted and legitimate cannabis supplier? 

Fortunately when buying cannabis online from a Dispensary in Canada, there are a few ways that you can be confident in the legality of your next cannabis order. Fortunately, lists of licensed cannabis producers and sellers are available from the Canadian government website which can help you check the legality of your chosen provider.

Furthermore, it’s always worth doing your research about your chosen online cannabis seller to ensure their legitimacy. Legitimate cannabis sellers should be happy to provide you with copies and documentation regarding their cannabis license. In addition, checking past customer reviews can be a good way to check whether your chosen cannabis supplier has a reputation for offering top-quality cannabis products; these are more likely to be a legitimate cannabis supplier than a company that just has one or two reviews.

If you’ve suffered any problems with your chosen cannabis supplier, you should get in touch with your territory or provincial authorities to report your concerns.

What is the Minimum Legal Age to Order Cannabis? 

When ordering cannabis in Canada, you usually need to be at least 19 years of age, although the minimum age for buying cannabis can vary from province to province in some cases; for example, Alberta and Quebec differ from the norm in that they allow cannabis sales to 18 year olds. To this end, if you look under 25 years of age, you can expect to be asked to provide proof of identification when your cannabis delivery turns up. 

This is a largely generic ID policy for many companies, and so it’s reasonable that cannabis delivery teams would also implement this policy. The ID that you provide will need to show a suitable photo ID as well as proof of your age (date of birth), address, and the like. Furthermore, due to this requirement, cannabis delivery teams will also ask you to sign for your order before it can be handed over.

How Are Online Cannabis Orders Policed?

When it comes to online cannabis orders, it’s crucial that good policing and tracking strategies are implemented to ensure that cannabis supply remains legal and the marijuana regulations are enforceable. To this end, online cannabis orders are required to be delivered by tracked shipping, to ensure that the whereabouts of the parcel are always known to the authorities and delivery companies. Additionally, licensed distributors are required to have strict protocols in place to ensure that cannabis orders are delivered safely and securely to their intended recipients. This includes strict packaging and labeling requirements, among other things.

Furthermore, recipients of online cannabis orders will need to prove their ID and age before receiving any parcels. All parcels must hence be signed upon receipt. 

Will Online Cannabis Orders Increase the Number of Drug Sales By Post?

There have been some concerns that the legalization of cannabis and cannabis deliveries will increase the number of illegal drugs getting delivered by post, too. Indeed, with the legalization of cannabis, it’s fair to say that drug gangs and criminal teams could face a far easier time when it comes to getting their illegal drugs shipped.

Fortunately, the RCMP has put strategies in place to overcome this issue, in partnership with the Canada Border Services agency. Notably, its plans include gathering increased quantities of data to determine any shipping trends; to raise awareness among the relevant authorities, public service providers, and members of the public; and to ensure that all information sharing has been coordinated for maximum efficiency. 

Final Thoughts 

The legalization of cannabis in Canada for recreational and medicinal use has opened up the Canadian population to a wide array of benefits. However, when it comes to ordering cannabis online, it’s crucial that you are staying on the right side of the law. This means that your order must not breach the state’s allowances for cannabis possession (usually 30 grams in public, although some provinces allow up to 150 grams of personal possession at home). Herb Approach, Haute Health and Speed Greens are some of the popular names in the online Canadian dispensary industry. 

Always check your province’s requirements for possessing and using cannabis before placing an order, and be ready with ID when your order is delivered for seamless services.

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