How will online cannabis orders and delivery be policed?
From Canada Post: Canada Post has been delivering medical cannabis safely since 2013. Canada Post will follow the law, regulations and any guidelines from the federal government and also from the provincial and territorial governments, which will oversee the sale and distribution in their respective provinces and territories. Once recreational cannabis is legalized, it will be the responsibility of licensed distributors to ensure their shipments, including packaging and labelling, follow the laws and regulations of the federal and provincial governments.
Is there a concern from police that this will lead to an increase of other drugs moving through the mail?
From the RCMP: The RCMP’s federal policing program investigates the most severe threats to the safety and security of Canada. The majority of ongoing organized crime investigations are related to drug trafficking and are linked directly or indirectly to transnational criminal organizations. The RCMP will continue to monitor, track and assess the evolution of criminal organizations’ methods and tactics, including the use of the mail system to delivery illicit materials.
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We cannot predict what will happen with the illicit cannabis market when cannabis becomes legal. Fentanyl has been an issue, though. In response, the RCMP has implemented a national investigative strategy to be completed in partnership with [the Canada Border Services Agency], Canada Post, Health Canada and law enforcement partners (municipal, provincial and international). Key activities include:
Gathering information and data to identify shipping and manufacturing trends, international exporters, domestic distributors, clandestine labs and criminal networks.
Raising awareness among law enforcement agencies and the public.
Collaborating with international partners to combat illegal drug trafficking networks and disrupt the flow of fentanyl into Canada.
Co-ordinate information sharing between partners.
How will people know they will be buying from a safe, licensed source?
From Health Canada: The only safe sources are from the Licensed producers listed on our site and the provincial and territorial sources that have been communicated by those jurisdictions.
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How is marijuana ordered online delivered to ensure it is going to someone of legal age?
From Canada Post: For all shipments of recreational cannabis from a licensed seller that we deliver or [are] picked up at a postal outlet, proof of age will be mandatory, as it is for other regulated products. The required minimum age to receive recreational cannabis is defined by each province and territory. If the receiver appears to be younger than 25 years old, our trained delivery agent will require an acceptable photo ID … before handing the parcel to the individual. The proof of age requirement means we must also record the name and signature of the receiver.
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All cannabis shipments will continue to require the use of a trackable service. Therefore, the sender, the receiver and Canada Post can track the package as it works its way through our processing and delivery network. Detailed commercial and packaging guidelines based on federal and provincial requirements will be made available to licensed distributors, ensuring the parcel can be safely processed through the delivery network once inducted to a Canada Post facility.