Toronto Star Reporter’s Foray Into The Online World Of The Ontario Cannabis Store

Article by Joseph Hall, Toronto Star

Star reporter’s foray into the online world of cannabis sales By JOSEPH HALLCannabis Reporter The Star’s cannabis reporter Joe Hall received his order of a gram of AltaVie Harmonic from the Ontario Cannabis Store on Friday. He placed the order shortly after midnight on Oct. 17, when the use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada. (TIM FINLAN / TORONTO STAR)

The first and only time I’d ever placed an online order prior to Oct. 17 was with a sunglasses seller so shady that my credit card company phoned me within the minute to warn me off.

Still, somehow, a box of blatantly knocked off Ray-Bans — bundled up in bubble wrap, the faux gold plate already peeling — arrived in the mail one week later.

That was three days faster than it took to receive my one gram’s worth of AltaVie Harmonic — order #13,609 placed at 12:39 a.m. on legalization day — from the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Granted there were two days’ worth of rolling Canada Post walkouts in Toronto during the delivery period. And the intervening weekend did not count as work days.

So technically, the OCS only missed it’s three-to-five business days delivery pledge by one day when the pot arrived in the Star’s newsroom Friday morning.

That in itself was two days longer than the original one-to-three day depot-to-door goal the store had made before legalization.

But the monumental rush to purchase pot that followed the online site’s 12.01 a.m. opening — coupled with early days’ product shortages — pushed the delivery window wider.

More than 150,000 orders where placed online during the first week of operations, with some 12,000 being placed in the first hour.

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