Canada Post, the government-run corporation that handles mail delivery for all of the provinces has stated this week that it will in fact deliver recreational marijuana once legalization goes live. The decision will expand Canadian’s access to marijuana and should help to reduce anticipated bottle-necks once the legalization framework rolls out. Considering the fact that Canada Post already delivers alcohol and medical marijuana to Canadians across the country, adding recreational marijuana to the list was an obvious option that made sense.
The good news couldn’t have come at a better time for Canada Post as reports of tough financial times for the government-run corporation were being reported. The Star published an article on Canada Posts financial woes and stated, “Canada Post will not be positioned to operate in the future on a financially self-sustaining basis over the long term.” On top of day to day operational losses, Canada Post is currently facing deficits in their pension fund, which may leave retirees out in the cold. These issues combined with a decrease in demand for postal services left Canada Post in dire need of an additional revenue stream. By adding cannabis delivery and direct retail sales Canada Post has now been given a much needed gift and hopefully a solution that can help turn their business around.
Anticipation is high and the expected revenue derived from marijuana sales is already being allocated for community projects and drug education programs. Canada Post is surely going to benefit from the increase in mail traffic, but will recreational marijuana be enough to right all the financial problems suffered by the crown corporation? Only time will tell, however, you can expect to see recreational marijuana showing up in mailboxes across the country come July 2017.