B.C. cannabis retailers can now take reservations online

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A new policy directive from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch will be welcome news for anyone who doesn’t want to linger inside a store waiting for their purchases.

Under the revised policy released Friday, the LCRB has clarified that retailers can now take online or phone reservations for non-medical cannabis products from customers; previously the regulator had only stipulated that online sales were banned.

Retailers still can’t sell their products online, but under the revised policy they can allow customers to reserve products online.

Customers must still go to the retail location to purchase and pick up their products.

The policy directive, signed by assistant deputy minister and general manager Mary Sue Maloughney, explains that reservations hadn’t been previously addressed by the branch.

“This policy change now allows licensees to offer reservations of non-medical cannabis products available in their store to customers via their website or by telephone,” she said. “Existing requirements for licensee websites remain and licensees are prohibited from selling non-medical cannabis products online or by telephone. However, licensees may continue online sales of cannabis accessories and gift cards. The LCRB reminds licensees that they should continue to comply with all federal Cannabis Act provisions and provincial rules respecting advertising and promotion of non-medical cannabis and cannabis accessories.”

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