Lantern, announced plans to be the first on-demand cannabis delivery service to offer recreational delivery in Colorado, beginning early 2021. Residents of Aurora, whose City Council passed a vote in favor of recreational delivery on December 21st, will likely be the first in the state to access Lantern’s services once the city finalizes the permitting process next year. Lantern is an independently operated subsidiary of Drizly Group, the largest online marketplace and delivery service for alcohol in North America and a market leader in Colorado.
Colorado authorized medical and adult-use cannabis delivery to commence in 2020 and 2021, respectively, but state laws require individual municipalities to opt in to delivery services. Although medical deliveries are currently permitted in Boulder, Superior, and Longmont, Aurora will be the first city in the state to allow recreational deliveries. Lantern’s leading edge on-demand delivery model is first-to-market in Colorado and will enter new territories within the state as more municipalities approve recreational delivery in the coming year.
Once Aurora’s local law goes into effect, customers over the age of 21 in Aurora will be able to conveniently place recreational cannabis orders online at LanternNow.com and have products delivered to their doorstep within an hour. Lantern’s user-friendly platform enables new and returning customers to discover products that best align with their lifestyles and preferences. Local dispensaries will be able to list their full menus on Lantern’s platform and drive consumer engagement and product discovery opportunities through Lantern’s intuitive interface.
“Colorado consumers have been waiting for nearly two years for recreational delivery to come online and Lantern is eager to offer our best-in-class services to eager customers,” said Meredith Mahoney, President of Lantern. “Our sister company, Drizly, has already built an outstanding following and reputation in the state and we are confident that Lantern will apply these same market insights to provide timely and reliable cannabis deliveries throughout the state.”
Lantern supports the city of Aurora’s vote to prioritize social equity business owners in the delivery market and commends the city for taking an important step toward undoing the harm that the War on Drugs has on BIPOC. Lantern takes its commitment to social equity in the cannabis industry seriously, and has implemented a robust incubator program in Massachusetts. Lantern will continue to dedicate time and resources to local community organizations working to help social equity business owners obtain licenses in the Colorado delivery market as well.