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.
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.”
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.”
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