Long lines and swamped websites greeted the first day of marijuana sales Wednesday. SDQC, which manages sales in Quebec, recorded more than 12,500 in-store transactions and 30,000 online orders the first day, “far exceeding” expectations.
Within days, some products were posted as unavailable on the website.
The Ontario Cannabis Store didn’t paint quite so glum a pot picture, warning that legalization has “resulted in a high volume of orders” but adding that deliveries should still be made within one to five business days.
“We apologize for any inconvenience,” the statement said.
Bill Blair, a Canadian legislator who led the legalization drive, told public broadcaster CBC that suppliers are struggling to meet roaring demand across the nation of 37 million people.
“We expected certain strains might run out and there would be a bit of a run on supply,” he said. “But, you know, they’ve got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I’m confident it will work” in the long term.
The law allows adults – provinces determine the legal age – to possess up to 30 grams of pot, dried or equivalent in non-dried form. They can also share up to 30 grams with other adults and grow up to 4 plants per residence for personal use from licensed seeds or seedlings.
Possession, production and distribution, and sale outside of what the law allows remain illegal and subject to criminal penalties, ranging from ticketing up to a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
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