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.
Over 1.3 million views and approx. 100,000 orders received on October 17. Read our full update on the launch below. pic.twitter.com/N7PQGJYiXA
— Ontario Cannabis Store (@ONCannabisStore) October 19, 2018