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Ontario residents hoping to receive legal recreational cannabis ordered online the same day it was purchased will have to wait a few more months for the opportunity.

The government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store is extending the deadline for bidders to express interest in a $450,000 contract to provide “expedited/same-day home delivery service” until May 1. Details of the tender, first reported by Cannabis Professional in January, originally called for bids to be submitted by early February and for service to commence on March 1.

The deadline was extended “to ensure those parties who’ve expressed interest have the time and information necessary to prepare their proposals,” said OCS spokesperson Amanda Winton.

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She declined to say when same-day deliveries were now expected to begin, though the new deadline just to submit bids is already a full month after Ontario’s first 25 brick-and-mortar pot shops are due to open.

Ontario is currently the only province in Canada with no legal same-day access to recreational cannabis, though illegal options remain plentiful, with some employing clever branding and legal strategies.

“By purchasing our products, you are not purchasing cannabis,” reads part of the frequently-asked-questions section of the website for SkipTheDispensary, a website that has been offering same-day delivery in the Toronto area since 2015. “You are receiving a representation of said purchased product in the form of a t-shirt or bag, that may contain a free gift of marijuana.”

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