Convenient payment options? Appealing products? Country-wide shipping? That’s illegal, baby.
Canada’s federal police want people to know that black market weed is bad, so they launched a handy little campaign warning of the perils of illicit dispensaries. The only problem is, most of the telltale signs they listed sound pretty great.
In a tweet, the RCMP cautioned, “This holiday season, know the signs of an illegal online cannabis retailer. If you buy cannabis online, buy from a licensed retailer.”
The signs listed are:
- Requests payment by e-transfer or cryptocurrency
- Packaging/products appeal to young people
- Referral bonuses, sign up bonuses, or other promotions
- Ships anywhere in Canada
Pretty freaking horrible, isn’t it? They even made a nice green graphic to boot.
This holiday season, know the signs of an illegal online cannabis retailer. If you buy cannabis online, buy from a licensed retailer. When in doubt, check your province or territory’s website for a list of licensed retailers: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/provinces-territories.html …
So to be clear, if a dispensary offers: convenient payment options; colourful packaging that doesn’t make the product look like it contains cyanide; edibles; customer loyalty incentives; and excellent shipping (often there is same-day delivery), it is probably against the law.
They forgot to add that products are often cheaper and better quality than what currently exists on the legal market.
Article by Manisha Krishnan, original photo image via Dudley Do-Right, photo illustration by Vice staff.