The new license category aims to avoid liability
The online meal delivery business was becoming very popular before the pandemic. Now it’s ubiquitous.
Unsurprisingly, when a disruptive service like mobile app delivery companies becomes as popular as it has been – many food delivery companies have doubled their revenues in the first year of the pandemic – it there are a few issues that may need to be addressed from a regulatory perspective.
On Wednesday, the province announced the start of a 45-day consultation process for amendments to the Alcohol, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act to establish a new class of license.
Specifically, the license – which will cost $ 500 – will require the delivery person to check identification at the door when delivering alcohol and / or cannabis. (For alcohol, the customer must show identification indicating that the person is 18 years old. For cannabis, the age limit is 19.)
The rationale for the change by the province is that until now, the responsibility has been on the originating establishment – bar, restaurant or cannabis retailer – if the delivery person presented the controlled substances to a minor.
Justice Minister Cameron Friesen said the new regulations would transfer responsibility for restaurants to third-party delivery companies.
“That’s where it belongs,” Friesen said. “As the delivery industry grows, we want to ensure that alcohol and cannabis products are delivered in a safe and responsible manner. ”
Shaun Jeffrey, executive director of the Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association, said his organization was involved in discussions with the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) over licensing issues and was pleased that the regulator be proactive in this regard.
“We insisted that the restaurants took responsibility, but it was really out of their control, it became an additional responsibility,” he said. “And because of that, a lot of restaurants haven’t taken advantage of it (online alcohol delivery). We can assume that more restaurants will now participate in this potential revenue stream.”
A spokesperson for SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest Winnipeg-based food delivery company, said: “We look forward to consulting with LGCA on how SkipTheDishes can continue to provide alcohol deliveries. safe and convenient to Manitoba customers. ”
SkipTheDishes does not deliver cannabis products, and it already requires its delivery people to see valid government-issued identification when delivering alcoholic products. It also ensures that the name associated with the Ignore account matches the name on the ID.
Additionally, in provinces where it delivers alcohol, its algorithms only assign alcohol orders to couriers who have verifiable proof of required training (such as Manitoba’s Smart Choices Responsible Service certification).
The proposed regulations include delivery restrictions of a maximum of 30 grams of cannabis in a single package for delivery to a customer, and that delivery of cannabis or alcohol cannot take place more than 30 minutes after establishment originally the order is forced to close.
The proposed legislation would also allow the LGCA to develop a kind of “secret shopper” program, which would help it to enforce offenses related to the sale or service of regulated products to minors and young people.
Officers under the program would attempt to purchase regulated products and allow the LGCA to monitor licensees’ compliance with bans on sales to minors.
Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news for the Free Press since 1989. During those years he wrote through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) of Fortune’s fortune. many local businesses.
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