It'll cost $10 in shipping to buy legal cannabis online in BC

Oct 18 2018, 12:28 am

With legalization in Canada underway, hundreds of British Columbians have taken to the digital storefront to buy their cannabis online.

One surprise to a number of shoppers, however, was the rather expensive shipping fee that came around at checkout – a flat fee of $10, plus applicable taxes.

The shipping cost, arguably, acts as an inconvenience to those who want to make smaller purchases but aren’t able to visit BC’s only brick-and-mortar location, located in Kamloops.

The website features strains that sell for less than $6.99 a gram, as well as joints that are priced at $4.20 per unit. Someone who’s inexperienced and looking to enter the realm of cannabis with a smaller dosage could end up paying for shipping that costs as much as their order did – if not more.

Compared to other provinces, British Columbia has some of, if not, the most expensive shipping for online purchases. Both Ontario and Quebec offer $5 flat rate shipping. Not to mention, in addition to an e-commerce platform, the SQDC’s (Société québécoise du cannabis) has opened three physical outlets in Montreal and 11 across the province.

To create a comparison, we found a strain that could be purchased online in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, the Cabaret by Alta Vie – a Sativa-dominant strain with as much as 20% THC and no CBD.

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BC Cannabis Stores

The province prices 3.5 grams of the plant at $36.99 – slightly more expensive than if one were to purchase off of Quebec’s website.

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Both options, however, are notably cheaper than making the same purchase from Ontario’s website – a whole $10 cheaper, in fact.

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Ontario Cannabis Store

Regardless, it doesn’t look like cannabis consumers in BC have let the shipping fee ruin their day. Within the first hour, the BC Cannabis Store website made 1000 online sales.

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