October 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Updated: October 18, 2018 9:24 am

Video circulating on how to crack NSLC’s new cannabis website  

The lineup outside the Clyde Street NSLC outlet in Halifax before the store opened at 10 a.m., on Oct. 17, 2018.

Grey Butler / Global News
A A

Cannabis has been legal for less than 24 hours, and someone has already figured out how to bypass the NSLC’s age verification process on its retail website.

A 77-second video posted from a private account on Wednesday describes how to code your way around using the NSLC’s online access cards.

Story continues below

READ MORE: Here is what the NSLC’s secure cannabis website looks like

A spokesperson for the NSLC says that the Crown corporation is looking into the issue.

“This is not a security issue with our web site, this is about social responsibility, and there is no connection to a customer’s personal information,” said Beverley Ware in an email, adding that when cannabis is delivered a customer must provide valid photo ID proving that they are at least 19-years-old and live at the delivery address.

“Just as you would not provide liquor or cigarettes to a minor, it is illegal and irresponsible to provide cannabis to a minor.”

MORE: For the launch of our weekly newsletter Cannabis IQ, we’re giving away $100 Visa gift cards. Click here to find out more.

MORE: Sign up for Cannabis IQ, a weekly newsletter covering legalization

To receive one of the cards, Nova Scotian adults have to visit the province’s government-owned liquor stores in person to prove their age. They’ll then receive an access code that allows them to use the province’s retail website.

The website allows users to explore what type of experience they’d like to have with cannabis. A five-step quiz is available for customers and will eventually recommend one of four “experience profiles.”

A screenshot of Nova Scotia’s cannabis retail website.

NSLC

But anyone underage attempting to purchase cannabis will still face a roadblock. Age verification is required when cannabis is delivered to a customer by Canada Post, according to the NSLC.

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, over $20,000 worth of cannabis sales were made online on the day of legalization, and over $393,000 in total.

— With files from Alexander Quon

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.