The Ontario authorities lengthened an emergency order permitting licensed cannabis stores to provide curbside pickup and supply, giving marijuana retailers an additional week through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The emergency order had been scheduled to finish on July 22.
However, the Ontario authorities mentioned Thursday it was extending that emergency order and others till July 29.
Earlier this month, Ontario cannabis retailer operators expressed disappointment that the federal government would enable the order to expire.
Such a transfer, they argued, would go away the government-operated Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) on-line retailer because the province’s solely authorized leisure marijuana supply permitted to ship product to prospects’ properties.
Badyr Valcarcel, director of retail operations for Ontario cannabis retailer Shiny Bud, mentioned the corporate stopped providing supply in late June, amid expectations the order would expire shortly, “only because we want to offer a consistent customer experience.”
“From a delivery perspective, as much as we’d love for (delivery) to stay and be a permanent fixture in the (Ontario) cannabis retail industry, right now we’ve basically decided not to offer that service, for now, until the dust has settled from all of this,” he mentioned.
“The toughest part from our perspective is keeping the resources in place as the emergency order keeps getting extended and extended, right?” Valcarcel added.
“It’s hard for retailers to plan accordingly without any clear direction, or clear decisions at this point, from the government.”
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