Ontario residents can now buy cannabis online, must wait for retail stores
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:01AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:03PM EDT
You can now legally buy cannabis online in Ontario, but you will have to wait until early next year to purchase some from a store.
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada for those 19 and over as of Wednesday, with each province responsible for regulating the sale and consumption of the drug.
Ontario's Progressive Conservative government recently announced cannabis would initially be sold online through a government agency, followed by private retail stores in April.
But proposed legislation that would allow people to smoke marijuana anywhere they can smoke cigarettes, with the exception of cars and boats, has not yet passed.
It appears the website is a big hit.
Premier Doug Ford announced in Question Period Wednesday that the Ontario Cannabis Store website took well over 38,000 orders overnight.
Data also shows Canadian pot websites have been taking about 100 orders a minute.
Until it does, the rules implemented by the previous Liberal government remain in effect, which means people can only smoke marijuana in their own home.
The Tory bill, which also lays out a licensing regime for the future cannabis stores, is expected to pass this week.
With files from The Canadian Press