Post-Pandemic Cannabis: Are Amazon, Uber And Other Mainstream Delivery Services The Future?

By The Fresh Toast‘s David Hodes, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

There are hints that cannabis delivery using mainstream widespread delivery services could happen someday in the same way that alcohol is delivered.

It’s hard to say where we are in the COVID-19 pandemic right now, as infections and deaths continue to rise. But there have been movements in the cannabis industry that are changing the way the industry operates amid the pandemic that may stay post-pandemic.

Being allowed to operate as an “essential” business — which had a few bumps in the road between including both medical with recreational as essential businesses in states such as Colorado (that state quickly changed and added rec) and Massa`chusetts — was one positive result that gave the industry some needed comeuppance and respect.

Sales have been strong, and delivery options were expanded as well.

Many states with legal medical and recreational cannabis have been allowing deliveries since they legalized. But because of COVID-19, dispensaries are now adjusting to curbside or drive-thru window sales to adapt to the new contactless, social distancing way of conducting business. 

California licenses over 150 legal cannabis delivery companies, the most of any state, including Eaze (now scaling back operations),  Puffy, CaliExpress and more. The scaling back of Eaze may be just a delivery service experiencing hard times during the pandemic, or it may represent …

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