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Pot delivery coming to Edmonton

Medical marijuana producer will start making home deliveries next month

Two cultivators at work inside Aurora's 55,200 square-foot production facility near Calgary.


Two cultivators at work inside Aurora's 55,200 square-foot production facility near Calgary.

Medical marijuana will be just a phone call away in Edmonton next month.

Aurora Cannabis has started offering same-day delivery to Calgary clients with prescriptions and plans to expand the service to Alberta’s capital in June.

“It’s a matter of convenience for our clients,” said the company’s senior vice president Cam Battley.

The company set up in January in Cremona, a rural area north of Calgary, making it Alberta’s first licensed medical pot producer. Aurora now has close to 3,000 registered customers.

The delivery service will operate Monday to Friday, and clients will have to place their orders by noon to receive the product by 8 p.m.

While it may be a matter of convenience for some, many with medical marijuana prescriptions are suffering from chronic pain and other conditions that severely limit their ability to get out and pick it up themselves.

“People don’t always pick up their medicine at the pharmacy, they don’t always remember to pick it up when they need it,” Battley said.

“We have patients with breakthrough pain, we have patients with neurological conditions, and for them rapid delivery is even more important. And more broadly, people are becoming used to companies like Amazon being able to provide same-day delivery of certain products within major cities.”

The delivery service will roll out this summer in Red Deer as well as Edmonton and surrounding area – including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Nisku, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan. That will bring the company's delivery service area to 2.5 million people.

Many patients can obtain medical marijuana prescriptions through their physicians, though some doctors are unwilling to write them. Natural Health Services and the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic specialize in medical pot prescriptions locally.

It is still illegal for medical marijuana clinics to dispense the drug, however, so physicians instead work with customers to place orders through licensed producers like Aurora.

Aurora’s delivery system will cut wait times for customers, who are otherwise waiting for mail deliveries.

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