The smell is unmistakable.
There must be a small mountain of pot lying somewhere in a back room of the storefront office on St-Laurent Blvd. That thick, skunky aroma — strong enough to trigger memories of a misspent youth — is apparent the moment patients are buzzed through the front door of Fondation Marijuana.
A whiteboard by the reception desk advertises strains with names like Grand Daddy Purps, Jean Guy and Blue Magic.
Despite the overwhelming smell, despite the fact that there are untold kilos of cannabis stored behind the sheetrock wall, the office has a distinctly sterile feel to it: medical forms, filing cabinets, a photocopier and two security cameras pointed toward the centre of the room.
This storefront on Montreal’s iconic main drag is one of the few places in Quebec where a person can legally buy cannabis. That is, until the Trudeau government’s proposal to legalize marijuana takes effect.
Last July, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced a task force to legalize marijuana — a process legal experts say could take years, even under the best circumstances.
In the meantime, one way to buy weed without risking arrest is to get a doctor’s prescription, schlep up St-Laurent, and ask for Boris.