In a curious reversal, the ongoing legalization of cannabis is akin to the repeal of alcohol prohibition of the 1930s, except in that case the federal government lifted the ban before many states did. Some “dry counties” still exist in the U.S.
With cannabis, it’s the states that are rolling ahead with medical and recreational use, while the federal government drags its feet. But business is business, and legal cannabis is big business. In the post-pandemic world that means digital payments and delivery are consumer expectations.
To this end, payment platform Aeropay announced in early April that it’s teaming with delivery platform OnFleet for cannabis delivery in the states where that’s allowed — currently, it’s California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and Oregon — although 20 states have legalized recreational cannabis and 20 more have decriminalized it, so delivery isn’t far behind.PYMNTS