Starting a week today, people in Ontario will be able to legally buy marijuana at an online store that will deliver weed to customers anywhere in the province using Canada Post for a flat $5 delivery fee.
Officials with the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) held a technical briefing with reporters Wednesday, exactly one week before recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada.
Visitors to the site must first enter their birth date to confirm they’re older than 19.
Starting Wednesday, the OCS site will be the only legal way to buy recreational marijuana in Ontario.
The site will sell dried cannabis, capsules, oils and pre-rolled joints. Accessories such as bongs and grinders will also be sold on the site.
Product prices have not yet been set, but government says delivery time will be between one and three days.
The website says the products will be delivered by Canada Post in plain “child-resistant, tamper-evident containers and are received directly from licensed producers.”
The site also says OCS will only sell natural, not synthetic, cannabis and will take steps to ensure customers’ personal information is protected and that the transactions are kept private.
Customers who aren’t home when the weed arrives will get a slip to pick it up — in person — at a Canada Post outlet. Anyone who looks like they’re under 25 years old will have to produce identification.
Customers will be able to buy up to 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried recreational cannabis at one time for personal use.
The government plans to allow “tightly regulated” sales at retail stores set to launch in April, with OCS operating as the exclusive wholesaler to the stores. The Tories estimate their plan will see between 500 to 1,000 shops licensed a short time after legalization with no cap placed on licences.
For now, the OCS has launched a learning website which includes basic information about cannabis, including safe consumption practices and health risks, methods of consumption, cooking safely with cannabis and answers to legal questions.
The site also has a “frequently asked questions” section, covering everything from where you can legally consume cannabis to whether or not pot can have adverse effects when mixed with other medications.