Uber has added cannabis to its list of items that can be ordered from the app, but at this time, cannabis is pick-up only and is only available to customers in Ontario, Canada.
Starting Monday, state users will be able to purchase medications via the new cannabis category in the Uber Eats app and receive them within an hour.
This is the first time a rideshare and shipping company has provided direct access to drug purchases, as it continues to drive deregulation in the United States.
“When the path to cannabis is clear, we will definitely consider it once federal law comes into force,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC earlier this year.
According to the website, sales are processed by Tokyo Smoke, a Toronto-based company that operates more than 50 clinics in Ontario. The app checks the age of the person and the staff checks the ID when the customer arrives, the two companies explained.
Uber argued that including cannabis in the app could reduce the illegal market for drugs, reduce the number of drivers on the affected roads, and “improve road safety.”
One of the difficulties of the service of selling medicines is the complex legislation regarding the use of payment processors such as Visa and Mastercard to handle the sale of products that the United States still considers illegal at the federal level.
“Uber’s internal payments specialists have worked with trusted external banks and payment partners to take unique steps to ensure full payment compliance,” said an Uber spokeswoman.
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