What Will Quebec’s Government-Run Cannabis Stores Look Like?

Article by CBC News

What will Quebec's government-run cannabis stores look like? SAQ head Alain Brunet says clients will be able to buy behind-the-counter pot from extensively trained workers CBC News. In Quebec, pot will be sold at stores called the Société Québécoise du Cannabis, but the distribution of marijuana will be overseen by the SAQ. (CBC)

The head of Quebec’s liquor board says even though there’s still no official date for the legalization of cannabis, the SAQ will be ready to serve Quebecers in stores and online.

SAQ president and CEO Alain Brunet says the agency is in the process of figuring out where stores will be located —they can’t be within 250 metres of an elementary or high school — and will soon be recruiting employees.

The SAQ will oversee the sale and distribution of marijuana, but the sales will be carried out by a separate entity: the Société Québécoise du Cannabis.

Alain Brunet spoke with Radio-Canada, unveiling some details about what the new government-run stores will look like and how they will operate.

What will the stores look like?

It’s a store, boutique style, about 2,000 square feet.… The store will have three sections: a vestibule where we can card people and welcome people.

Why card people? It’s the law that states we can’t have minors inside, so we need to check that right away.

Then there is the area where we advise people, and we are banking a lot on the counselling part because that is our mission: the communication around the product, education, the technical side.

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