Manitoba hotels will soon start serving up cannabis to guests

Published Jun 29, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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Cannabis has been legal in Canada for quite some time now, but despite the acceptance from the law, 420 travelers still have very little to choose from when it comes to services that cater to them. Sure, they have dispensaries scatter in and around, but we don’t yet have cannabis-friendly venues or hotels that encourage consumption. Luckily, with the latest partnership announcement between Delta 9 and the MHA, that is something that should soon change, at least in one Canadian province.

What is Delta 9?

Delta 9 is a Winnipeg based cannabis producer and store chain, but they have locations spread across the country. They are one of the biggest players in the Canadian cannabis industry, and though for the moment, the majority of their operations are located near their home base, the company's goal is to spread out far and wide until every single cannabis consumer has access to their high-quality products.

What is MHA?

The MHA is the largest North American hotel association with participation from the majority of hotels that are in the province of Manitoba. The Manitoba Housing Association was created in 1927, and with a vast membership number, if you’ve traveled through or stayed in the area in temporary accommodations, then you’ve likely stayed with a hotel that is a member of the association. With hundreds of different locations under their influence, the MHA has a lot to offer for any company, especially one that works with cannabis.

What this means for consumers

The partnership between Delta 9 and the MHA is still in the negotiation phase, so it might be a while before we know exactly what’s going to happen as a direct result from the deal, but the CEO of MHA has revealed that the company plans to assist Delta 9 in reaching their goals, by canvassing current members for an interest in hosting a cannabis dispensary on-site. So, just like so many hotels offer a gift shop or a pool, it could soon become the norm to stay with hotels that are complete with a built-in dispensary that can service weary travelers.

This is fantastic news, especially for those who come in from out of province, as it isn’t always easy to locate good quality cannabis products when you aren’t familiar with your surroundings. This could simplify travel for thousands of consumers who hesitate to travel due to fear of running out of their medicine, or not being able to find their next ounce to relax with, and that’s a really big deal for anyone who has been caught in this unfortunate situation.

Though we can’t say for certain what cannabis users can expect moving forward, but one thing is for sure, and it’s that the tourism industry is quickly latching on to the idea of accommodating this hot product. Will we soon see indoor vape lounges or cannabis-infused edibles on the restaurant menu? Or perhaps we’ll be able to rent a bong or vape rig so that we can leave our own safe at home. The truth is that the sky is the limit, and now that this shift has started, there is no telling exactly where or how far it will go.

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