6 Cannabis Growers to Provide 62 Tonnes of Pot to Quebec’s Legal Recreational Market

Article by Angelica Montgomery, CBC News

6 cannabis growers to provide 62 tonnes of pot to Quebec's legal recreational market Only Quebec-based company to clinch deal is Gatineau's Hydropothecary, which will supply 20 tonnes By Angelica Montgomery, CBC News.  Hydropothecary, a Gatineau, Que., company now making medical marijuana, is one of five producers to sign a letter of intent with the SAQ to supply Quebec with recreational cannabis products. This still from a promotional video makes public plans to build a new one-million-square-foot marijuana greenhouse. (Hydropothecary)

Quebec’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis has yet to pass in Quebec City, and the federal legislation is still stuck in the Senate, but the province has already signed tentative deals with suppliers — including five based outside the province.

Six companies that already have federal licences to grow marijuana announced Wednesday that they have signed letters of intent to provide Quebec with cannabis once the products are legal for recreational use.

“We’ve got to move,” said Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois. “We’ve got to be ready when it’s going to be legal.”

The tentative agreements were inked with the government-owned alcohol retailer, the SAQ, because the subsidiary that is supposed to handle the sale of legalized marijuana, the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQC), does not yet exist as a legal entity.

Bill 157, which would create it, still hasn’t passed into law. That will have to happen before the SQC can transform the letters of intent into formal contracts.

Plants, sprays, powders

Gatineau’s Hydropothecary, the only Quebec supplier on the list, has obtained the largest deal.

It has agreed to provide the province with 20,000 kilograms of cannabis products, including plants, sprays and powders, in the first year.

Two other producers, Canopy Growth, based in Smith Falls, Ont., and Edmonton’s Aurora Cannabis, have operations in Valleyfield, Mirabel and Saint Lucien, Que.

They have agreed to provide at least 12,000 kilograms and 5,000 kilograms, respectively.

Canopy Growth also has deals with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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