10 Things you should know about weed delivery

Published Jan 26, 2022 02:00 p.m. ET
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Cannabis delivery is a convenience that can be life-changing for consumers, but since it’s still such a new thing, a lot of people don’t realize that this experience isn’t quite like you might expect. There are rules, limits, general courtesies, and logistical challenges that should be researched and acknowledged before you shop, and here we’re going to explain how to navigate some of the most important things you should know.

1. You must be of legal age

There are absolutely no exceptions! What minimum legal age is, depends on your location, so make sure to see if you’re even allowed to order before scheduling a weed delivery. (Hint. If you answer age verification questions honestly and are allowed access to the menu, then you’re probably safe.)

2. Browse the online menu, and expect fewer options

With technology being what it is these days, it’s relatively easy for dispensaries to keep up-to-date menus online for customers. However, not every store is prepared to make this happen. For that reason, it is not uncommon to find only the most popular products available to buy online, as it helps to avoid orders for products that may be sold out.

3. Many dispensaries have minimum orders

You might only need a gram, but your dispensary needs to make enough money to ensure that paying an employee to deliver is worthwhile. It kind of sucks! Still, these minimums typically aren’t very high, and they’re not hard to manage as long as you shop with this in mind.

4. What to do if you need help

Online shopping should be easy, but it’s not such a smooth experience for all, and most stores don’t have the resources to maintain a live chat service as you might expect from a shipping giant like Amazon. However, there will always be a friendly employee willing to answer any questions you might have during business hours, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and give them a call.

5. Watch for delivery fees

It’s not hard to find cannabis delivery services that are low-cost, but it’s rare to get this service for free unless you place a larger order. Unfortunately, there is no standard fee, so expect to find rates ranging anywhere from $2-$30 depending on your location and how far the package must travel to make it to you.

6. Payment always comes first

We know how nice it was to call up a dealer prior to legalization who would just show up to your door, accepting cash as payment, but that’s not generally the case with legal weed delivery. Most stores expect payment upfront to avoid prank calls and no-shows at the door, so be sure to figure this out before wasting your precious time browsing because they might not have a payment method that works for you.

7. Delivery times vary greatly

You might get lucky and find weed delivery offered in 2 hours or less, but in most cases, it really depends on where you’re ordering from. So if you’re looking to re-up ASAP, then it’s a good idea to check this useful tidbit of information first before buying because the average wait time ranges anywhere from 1 hour to 3 business days.

8. Late orders may be delayed

If you show up to your local cannabis store 5 minutes before closing, you’ll be welcomed in with open arms. However, placing an order for weed delivery so late might not be so warmly welcomed. Some shops push late orders to the next day, and most maintain a cutoff time for orders.

9. You must be present at the time of delivery

Since you have to be over a certain age to order cannabis, it makes sense to expect that you’ll need to show ID, which is why your presence is required at the door when deliveries arrive. It can be inconvenient, but you may have to sign, show ID and physically accept the package so that it’s not left in the open where minors might have access, so be ready!

10. Tipping your cannabis delivery driver is always appreciated

If you’ve ever wondered how much to tip weed delivery drivers, you’re not alone. After all, this isn’t your old-school dealer who's making all the profit. It’s someone who works hard for what are likely low wages, much like any other type of delivery position. Though it’s not expected, a standard 25%-20% tip is always appreciated and it might just ensure your packages show up faster from now on, which is never a bad thing.

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