Dutchie — the technology platform powering cannabis commerce — today announced that its online platform is the first, and to date only, ecommerce solution for cannabis retailers to pass an audit by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The landmark regulatory approval, secured through a partnership with award-winning Canadian cannabis retailer Tokyo Smoke, ensures that retailers that utilize Dutchie’s software will be automatically compliant with the province’s regulations, saving operators time and money during the approval process.
“Our mission is to create safe and easy access to cannabis and provide solutions that retailers and cannabis consumers can trust,” said Anne Forkutza, Head of Strategic Growth at Dutchie. “We’re grateful for AGCO’s leadership in verifying the ecommerce tools that the cannabis industry needs to provide safe and convenient service, and we’re excited to receive this stamp of approval for our team’s efforts to safeguard data and be fully compliant.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dutchie partnered with Tokyo Smoke to launch a contactless curbside pick-up and delivery solution to help keep Ontario’s cannabis retailers compliant and safe. Now, as the Ontario government proposes making such vital services permanent, Dutchie is furthering its commitment to helping its partners best serve their customers.
The AGCO, the provincial regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores, works with licensed operators to help them make certain they are selling cannabis in a safe, responsible and lawful manner. The agency is responsible for ensuring that the software that cannabis retailers use adhere to the compliance rules in Ontario.
“Dutchie’s technology empowers us to meet evolving regulations and consumer expectations,” said Lacey Norton, Head of Retail at Canopy Growth. “With Dutchie’s easy-to-use solutions, we have peace of mind knowing that our data and our customers’ data is secure, and our operations are always compliant enabling Tokyo Smoke to focus on servicing our customers and providing a safe, legal cannabis option to consumers.”
Now that the Dutchie ecommerce solution has been verified through the Tokyo Smoke audit, existing customers and new partners opening stores using Dutchie can rest assured that their operations will be compliant with AGCO regulations and standards such as purchasing limits, taxation, and data security. The verification means new retail operations that choose the first and only fully audited ecommerce solution will avoid a longer approval process, saving operators money and freeing them to focus on serving their customers.
The fastest-growing cannabis technology platform, Dutchie has more than 500 team members across 40 different U.S. states and in Canada. The company — which recently completed a $350 million funding round to double-down on its commitment to powering cannabis commerce— facilitates more than $14 billion in cannabis sales annually and partners with over 5,000 cannabis retailers across North America. To learn more, visit: https://dutchie.com.
Dutchie is the fastest-growing cannabis technology platform powering cannabis commerce, streamlining cannabis retailer operations, and providing safe and easy access for consumers. Powering over 5,000 dispensaries throughout the U.S. and Canada and processing $14 billion in sales annually, Dutchie is a one-stop-shop, providing solutions for point of sale, ecommerce, seamless payments, and more. Dutchie’s solutions directly serve cannabis retailers and consumers alike, garnering recognition as one of Fast Company’s 10 most innovative companies in North America and LinkedIn’s Top 50 Startups for two-years running. To learn more, please visit: www.dutchie.com .