Ontario does brisk business with 100,000 pot orders in first 24 hours

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Ontario does brisk business with 100,000 pot orders in first 24 hours
Manu Mariyucjhan, 23, blows smoke as Nithin Babuji, 27, both students India, looks on in Victoria on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018. There were about 300 people at the front steps and lawn of the BC legislature celebrating legal cannabis day and paying tribute to those who fought Canada’s pot prohibition laws. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner

TORONTO  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 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 1, 2019, with the only legal retailer being a provincial government-run online store.

The OCS says the website launch has gone off without service interruptions and has seen more than 1.3 million unique visitors in the first 24 hours of operations.

It says customers started to receive marijuana orders on Thursday.

OCS president Patrick Ford says he is amazed by the volume of sales.

“It’s way beyond what we anticipated and we appreciate customers’ patience as this exciting new business gets off the ground,” Ford said in a statement.