More than 2,000 people placed orders within the first hour that cannabis-infused edibles and vape products became available for sale on the Ontario Cannabis Store’s website, a spokesperson told BNN Bloomberg.
Beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. ET, the website listed 50 vape products and 21 pot-infused gummies for sale, a slight increase from the number of items available at Ontario’s brick-and-mortar cannabis retailers.
More than 3,000 people were waiting in a “digital queue” before the online sales began. Due to the high demand, the website experienced several crashes for some products, while all “soft-chew” items, or gummies, were sold out within the first 30 minutes.
OCS spokesperson Daffyd Roderick told BNN Bloomberg the government agency is managing the website’s traffic issues and plans to replenish any sold-out items after bricks-and-mortar stores have been allotted an equal share of available product.
“We know the licensed producers are working hard to make more products available and we’re confident that these growing pains will be moved through in relatively short order,” Roderick said.