A well-known delivery service company recently announced that users in Canada would be able to start placing marijuana orders from the app to obtain the drug, which has already been legal for three years in the country, delivered to their homes.
Uber partnered with cannabis retailer Tokyo Smoke to allow online cannabis orders through its Uber Eats unit in Ontario, Canada, a company spokesperson said Monday.
In April this year, the expanding firm had already announced its interest in making inroads in the U.S. into a vast marijuana market.
“When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during an interview.
While for federal laws in the U.S., the use and production of the substance remains illegal, the federal government has allowed states to legalize the drug with little interference over the past few years. And as a result, 16 states, along with the District of Columbia, have already legalized cannabis for recreational use.
Finally, the company Uber decided to take its first step into the marijuana market in Canada, where its use and commercialization have already been going on for three years.
The argument used by Uber to enter the market and avoid facing social condemnation is that its incorporation “will help Canadian adults to buy legal and safe cannabis, helping to combat the illegal underground market.”
Canada was the first G-20 country to legalize marijuana. As of October 17, 2018, cannabis can be purchased, consumed, and cultivated throughout the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised this during his campaign.
The country had already legalized its use in the medicinal format in 2001, kicking off a huge market that quickly developed and began to lobby for its full legalization.
Before its recreational consumption was approved in 2018, in Vancouver, considered the epicenter of its cannabis culture, there were already more than 100 marijuana dispensaries.
Data ensures that the marijuana business is enormous; in Canada alone, during 2021, cannabis sales will exceed 4 billion U.S. dollars and is expected to grow to 6.7 billion dollars in 2026, as reported by the consulting firm BDS Analytics.
According to a BDS report, more than 5 million people surpassed the consumption of 700 metric tons of cannabis this year.
The use of marijuana has become popular during the last decades, even becoming normalized among adolescents and young people thanks to policies that have encouraged its consumption. However, numerous studies warn about the dangers of cannabis, especially if it is overused, as is often the case due to its “apparent innocence.”
People who consume marijuana experience effects that can range from relaxation to panic. The effects come from the tetrahydrocannabinol and other chemicals in marijuana.
The 2019 U.S. physician general, Jerome Adams, highlighted the risk to adolescents and pregnant women, primarily, according to a report issued by the nation’s Health and Safety Service (HHS) on August 29, 2019, under the Trump administration.
The report states, “The risks of physical dependence, addiction, and other negative consequences increase with exposure to high concentrations of THC 7 and the younger the age of onset. Higher doses of THC are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis.”
“These harms are costly to individuals and to our society, affect mental health and educational attainment, and increase the risks of addiction and misuse of other substances,” the report adds.