If Quebec’s biggest chain of convenience stores has its way…
Customers will eventually be able to buy cannabis along with their chips, beer and cigarettes. Alimentation Couche-Tard has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it is involved in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up. Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether it wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec. The company stated in an email “that it would be an ideal partner in implementing a responsible sales model for citizens.” Alimentation Couche-Tard has a long history of selling tobacco and alcohol, products that minors are prohibited from buying.
In April, the federal government introduced legislation proposing that Canadians 18 and older be allowed to buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use as of next summer. The bill has not yet become law. The government says it will help keep the drug out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations. The Quebec government has announced the province will begin a series of consultations this month as it prepares to introduce its own cannabis-related legislation this fall.
Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said earlier this month everything will be on the table, adding the province is not starting with any preconceived ideas. But Charlebois indicated she shares Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s view marijuana should not be distributed at Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets. So, its still not a done deal, and one hand of the government does not agree with the other-ahhhhhhh politiques.
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