Uber adds marijuana to the list of products that can be ordered through the company’s app. For now, this offer will be limited to product pickup and will only be available to users in Ontario, Canada.
Since Monday, users in the province can buy marijuana through a new category on the Uber Eats app, the Financial Times reports. This is the first time a shipping company has offered direct access to the purchase of a drug, the newspaper notes.
Marijuana sales are provided by Tokyo Smoke, a Toronto-based company that operates more than 50 stores in Ontario. Through the application, you will be able to order the product and then pick it up at the nearest point of sale. The app will verify the age of the person making the purchase and the store staff will check the proof of when the customer arrives to pick up the product.
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As the Financial Times writes, one of the difficulties drug companies face is a complex law governing the use of payment intermediaries such as Visa or Mastercard to handle the sale of a productwhich is still considered illegal in the US at the federal level.
Including marijuana in the app will reduce the illicit drug market, Uber wrote in a statement.