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Ontario government's online cannabis orders hit almost 100K in first 24 hours of legalization

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has received about 100,000 online orders in the first 24 hours that marijuana was legal in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
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12,000 orders came within the first hour after legalization Wednesday morning

Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1st, 2019

TORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it received about 100,000 online orders in the first 24 hours that marijuana was legal in Canada.

The government-run OCS says 12,000 of those orders came within the first hour after legalization Wednesday morning.

Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1st, 2019, with the only legal retailer being a provincial government-run online store.

In a Twitter post,  OCS President Patrick Ford says the volume of sales has been “amazing.”

“It’s way beyond what we anticipated and we appreciate customers’ patience as this exciting new business gets off the ground,” he writes.

The OCS says the website launch was without service interruptions and saw more than 1.3 million unique visitors in the first 24 hours of operations.

Customers started to receive marijuana orders on Thursday.