Article by CBC News
Montreal has reached an agreement with the SAQ over the location of the city’s first four legal pot shops.
The city confirmed they’ll be located near four Metro stations: Berri-UQAM, Radisson, Jean-Talon and Lionel-Groulx.
“We’re talking about places [where] there was already drug consumption happening,” said Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for government relations.
The city consulted with the police, representatives from universities and community groups as well as toxicologists before approving the sites, he said.
No exact locations have been identified.
“Starting now, the SAQ will be looking at spaces that are open and vacant,” he said.
The stores will be ready as early as July 1, or whenever the federal legislation passes legalizing the sale of cannabis.