Shopify Sees 100 Cannabis Orders Per Minute on Canadian Websites for Legalization Day

Shopify Sees 100 Cannabis Orders Per Minute on Canadian Websites for Legalization Day

Online stores have seen “millions of visitors” since cannabis was legalized Oct. 17.

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October 19, 2018

TORONTO — The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software are collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal marijuana.

 

Since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada at midnight Oct. 17, local time, the government-operated websites and private retailer portals powered by Shopify have processed “hundreds of thousands” of orders since cannabis was legalized at the stroke of midnight, said vice-president Loren Padelford.

 

These online stores have seen “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours since they went live at 12:01 a.m. local time.

 

“For 12 hours in and the number of stores that are live, that’s a pretty big number,” Padelford said.

 

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