Article by Manisha Krishnan, Vice News
If you live in Ontario and you ordered legal weed last week, chances are you’re still waiting on it.
Canada’s most populous province has no legal storefronts open—and won’t have any until April, due to the Progressive Conservative government’s last-minute decision to roll out a completely new framework for retail cannabis sales in the province. Storefront weed sales will now be fully private, but Ontarians are going to wait a while for them to kick in.
In the meantime, as of midnight Oct. 17, Ontarians who wanted to purchase legal weed were required to do so online through the Ontario Cannabis Store website. And within the first 24 hours, 100,000 orders were placed. But that system isn’t exactly running smoothly. Here are some of the major issues that have cropped up over the last week:
When it launched, the OCS site said orders would be shipped within one to three days for a $5 shipping fee.
I placed my order of two grams at 12:24 AM Oct. 17 and got an email confirming that I was order number 9,102. (As a side note, I had to use my credit card because the website rejected my Visa debit card, which isn’t ideal because I don’t want US border officials to see that I’ve purchased weed. But I digress.) I haven’t had any updates on my order since then, even though the one-to-three-day window has come and gone. But the OCS website is now advising people their orders could take up to three weeks to come through. There’s even a Reddit thread titled “Has Anyone’s Order Shipped from the OCS?” Of course things might get worse with Canada Post workers now going on strike in the Greater Toronto Area and Windsor.