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Old habits die hard

By Elliott Knopp

With only six Edmonton locations licensed to sell cannabis once it is legalized, some illegal Edmonton courier companies are not waiting for Oct. 17 and will continue to operate.  

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission states the province’s cannabis rules prohibit retailers from selling items online and running a delivery service, even when it is legalized. Despite this, some “weed couriers” already provide a way for marijuana-users to buy the illegal substance and will continue to do so after it can be bought in stores.

But, they’re not easy to find.

These businesses not only sell weed, but also deliver it discreetly and directly to your home.

An anonymous source has been a courier client for the better part of a decade and expressed that they will continue purchasing from their courier after marijuana is legal in stores.

When asked about how to become a client, the source spoke of security measures in place, such as a referral by an individual already within the network. These measures are taken to ensure the company and its associates’ interactions remain private and safe.  

Source said one of the courier’s top priorities is promoting safe use and educated consumption, along with the protection of its clients and employees.

The service offers many cannabis options that can be used medicinally, opposed to just recreationally.

“The packaging includes THC and CBD information so that you can dose yourself accordingly and use it safely,” said Source.

Source originally started purchasing their products from a drug dealer, but eventually made the switch based off better dependability and speed.

“[The couriers can be] as fast as 15 minutes after placing an order,” said Source.

They also found that dealers were often unreliable and not as educated as the courier companies.

Seventeen companies currently hold interim cannabis licenses in Alberta. The interim licence allows retailers to order and have products shipped to their stores ahead of legalization. If these licensed businesses meet all conditions, they will be given an official sales license; making them open for business Oct. 17.

The province expects about 250 stores to be open in Alberta within the first year of legalization.

Current laws state, only the AGLC can sell online and deliver cannabis to an Albertan’s doorstep, and it must be through Canada Post.

Photo Source: The Canadian Press

 

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