In our December 16 letter to Premier John Horgan, we advocated for the government to better support retail innovation with the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) by permanently establishing home delivery options for independent retailers, and by eliminating background check requirements for staff, similar to alcohol sales. This was, in addition, to launching consumer engagement collaboration to promote public education, farm-to-gate sales, Indigenous brands, and “buy local” opportunities.

In a news release yesterday, June 17, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced that licensed cannabis retailers will be able to deliver “non-medical cannabis products” directly to their customers as of July 15. The government also announced the end of security checks for retail employees.

We applaud the B.C. government for acting on our recommendation and applaud ACCRES for their advocacy work. Now if we can just convince them to speed up direct sales!