How to buy weed online legally
As of Oct. 17, each person of legal age in their province can legally purchase and possess 30 grams of marijuana.
But in many communities, retail cannabis stores won’t be open right away. That could push people to online sales.
Canada Post, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Health Canada all declined interviews on the topic, but did provide statements to CBC News about online shopping for cannabis.
How will online cannabis orders and delivery be policed?
From the RCMP: Canada Post has standard operating procedures in place related to the inspection of mail while in transit.
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.
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.
In addition, the RCMP-led Joint Operations Centre (JOC), a partnership with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Canada Post Corporation, leverages each agency’s investigative tools to supply intelligence on both domestic and international fentanyl shipments.
In particular, the JOC focuses on synthetic opioid seizures from mail sorting facilities in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.