Uber Eats users in Ontario can now buy cannabis through the app

But orders are for pickup only.

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Kris Holt
November 22, 2021 11:19 AM
TORONTO, ON- NOVEMBER 3  -  Two pop shops High Variety and Tokyo Smoke sit beside each other on Queen Street East. As Ontario celebrated 1,000 retail pot shops at the end of the summer, Torontonians may be wondering where the any new cannabis stores can go in what feels like an already oversaturated market. in Toronto. November 3, 2021.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Uber Eats is moving into the cannabis market. Starting today, users in Ontario can place an order at retailer Tokyo Smoke through the app. Don't expect an Uber driver to drop off joints, though. Cannabis orders are pickup-only for the time being.

Users need to search for "cannabis" or "Tokyo Smoke" and confirm they're of legal age before they can make their purchase. Orders will be ready for pickup within an hour. At the store, buyers will need to present their ID to Tokyo Smoke staff to prove they're aged 19 or older. 

With the help of the swift order turnaround, Uber and Tokyo Smoke hope they can steer business away from those who deal pot illegally. Uber says the underground market accounts for 40 percent of non-medical cannabis sales in Canada, where recreational use was legalized in 2018.

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Cannabis is a new market for Uber. The company didn't mention whether it will offer cannabis purchases in other provinces or via other retailers, or if it will eventually deliver orders. Uber has been making inroads into alcohol delivery, and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said earlier this year the company might deliver cannabis in the US if it were legalized at federal level.

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Uber Eats users in Ontario can now buy cannabis through the app