back to article Joint venture: Uber Eats to offer weed orders in Ontario

Uber Technologies' munchies delivery service, Uber Eats, has set its sights on another growth industry in the Canadian province of Ontario, Reuters reports. Yeah, it's weed. Canada legalised cannabis in 2018, and since then the market has taken off to be worth CAD$5bn (£2.9bn, $3.9bn) a year – helped along by the pandemic …

  1. chivo243 Silver badge
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    Finally!

    You can get the munchies, and have food brought at the same time! Brilliant!

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      Re: Finally!

      The problem is that by Canadian law Uber can't actually deliver the weed, so you've got to go out and get it yourself, which rather suggests Uber are hoping you'll get an Uber cab to take you there and back.

      1. chivo243 Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Finally!

        Waaait... There are laws in Canada?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Finally!

          Hobitts and Wizards always smoke pipe-weed, I love watching Lord of the Rings, I wonder if they filmed all of the smoking scenes in Canada?

      2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
        Pirate

        Re: Finally!

        Maybe they're not delivering the weed but rather a surprisingly-expensive food order which happened to require two stops.

        Also, it's not like the law has stopped Uber in the past.

      3. Dizzy Dwarf

        Re: Finally!

        Sure they can. It's under the pepperoni.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lammbock

  2. ShadowSystems Silver badge

    Uber is full of shit.

    If the driver is truely independant & thus able to set their own rates, then how many of them would do the job for what amounts to below minimum wage? How could they cover wear & tear on their vehicles, petrol to keep filling the rides, and the insurance premiums that go through the roof once your provider finds out that you've decided to do a stint as a commercial driver in your normally private vehicle?

    The answer is obvious: they are not independant, they have no ability to set their own rates, and Uber is so full of shit that it makes a used car salesman seem posatively saintly in comparison.

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: Uber is full of shit.

      Modus operandi is - find a loophole in regulation, pump money into the business so it will grow large - then when it becomes too big to fail, the regulators will have difficult time taking it down - "people will lose jobs!" and so on.

      Then lobby for regulatory capture so that the competition will be too expensive / difficult to form.

      Keep exploiting people who cannot start their own business even if they wanted to - because there is too much regulation, taxes are too high for small business and so on.

      The solution would be to ruthlessly close those operations and rebalance the tax system so that small businesses don't pay more tax than big corporations.

      But missing piece of the puzzle are services that actually investigate and prosecute corruption. Otherwise politicians can just keep accepting money into their structures and pretend they are trying to solve the problem until they retire into the sunset.

    2. Twanky Silver badge

      Re: Uber is full of shit.

      the insurance premiums that go through the roof once your provider finds out that you've decided to do a stint as a commercial driver in your normally private vehicle

      I'm no fan of Uber or motor insurance providers but if you're waiting until your insurance provider 'finds out' that you've started taking private hires then whatever insurance you have will likely be invalid and any claim you make may be refused and you may well find it difficult to get any insurance in future.

      1. Dave314159ggggdffsdds Silver badge

        Re: Uber is full of shit.

        Uber, like every ride share company, has to ensure people have the correct insurance, a PCO license, etc. It's one of the basic first steps when signing up.

    3. Version 1.0 Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Uber is full of shit.

      Maybe, but we're all full of shit until we get up in the morning.

  3. sokolnik
    Devil

    Another gooooaaaalll for El Reg!

    "Joint" venture!

  4. mstreet

    No delivery

    It may not be legal to deliver weed via Uber, but it sure doesn't stop their drivers trying.

    Working in recreational dispensary (a fine post IT, pre-retirement profession BTW), I've already had to explain to three of their drivers, that if I give them weed to take to a customer, it is NOT called trafficking because a car is involved.

    You'd think Uber would let them know this prior to sending them out into the real world.

  5. knarf

    Uber more expensive than Black Cabs now

    But maybe they will have Weedly edge over them as last.

  6. MrMerrymaker

    Not good enough

    Even stoned, I'm not gonna use Uber.

  7. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Low pay

    At these atrocious rates I would be surprised if they aren't already dealing on the side.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do autonomous delivieries count?

    Uber has slid a long way down since being on the verge of becoming the first fully autonomous driving taxi company.

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