Top stories of 2018: Reflecting on the roll out of marijuana legalization in Quebec

In 2018, the world watched as Canada became the first Western country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana – and all the challenges that came with it.

Today, a lack of supply at the city’s only downtown pot shop is leaving some customers with a bad taste about how legalization has been rolled out so far. 

While lineups outside the SQDC outlet on Saint-Catherine Street has decreased pretty dramatically between October and December, but one problem facing the only pot shop downtown remains: a lack of stock.

“It’s pretty empty at the moment,” said one customer leaving the shop. “I feel like you have to come at a specific time to get something.”


We compared legal marijuana prices across Canada and some provinces are getting ripped off

If your province or territory nabbing the best deal?!

It's officially day two of cannabis officially being legal in Canada. While we are all probably coming off the high of such a big milestone for the country (pun absolutely intended), Canadians are shocked to see how different the legal purchasing experience is from province to province. 

Not only do some provinces get to buy in store rather than online, but areas of the country are also seeing some extreme price differences for legal cannabis. Meaning you might want to consider a road trip to snag the best bang for your buck. Here are the current prices per gram of legal marijuana in every part of Canada, so you can see how your province stacks up. All prices listed are in CAD.


Despite legalization, Canada won’t be selling edibles anytime soon

If you want pot brownies for legalization day, you’ll have to make them yourself.

It’s cannabis legalization day in Canada, those looking to eat their weed, be warned: edibles in any form — brownies, ice cream, candy — are off the market until further notice.

The Canadian government has not yet allowed edible cannabis products to be sold for recreational use, apparently needing more time to create regulations around those products. The government’s backgrounder notes that edibles should be available for sale within one year of the October 17 legalization, but has not set a specific date, nor has it offered any more of a detailed timeline.


We've got cannabis covered: Coast-to-coast with marijuana legalization in Canada

Some tech glitches, a few sold out products and a quest to find that first legal toke.

Well, it’s here. From province to province, government portals started selling cannabis, many at the stroke of midnight. So has the entire county gone up in puff of smoke? Read on-the-ground stories and analysis from across the Postmedia chain.


Quebec could have the strictest weed laws in Canada now that the CAQ has been elected

As many of you know, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) has officially been elected. If you've been following along, you know that this party has definitely made some interesting promises during their campaign.

Some of these promises were reasonable, like extending the blue line of the metro, while others were just downright crazy, like kicking people out who don't speak French! 

Unfortunately, that's not the end of the crazy promises and laws they would like to implement in Quebec. With the date of the legalization of marijuana fast approaching, the CAQ wants to put in effect some strict laws regarding the popular drug. 


12 Jobs you can get in Quebec working with marijuana

As we quickly approach the official legalization of marijuana in Canada, more and more jobs are popping up in this industry. This industry is definitely on the rise and it's just going to keep growing.

If you're a fan of weed or are looking for a new career path, you're in luck my friends! There are several companies that need employees in Quebec, and you could be one of them.

I've compiled a list of all the jobs in the weed industry you can apply for in Quebec:

12. Quality Assurance Manager



Quebec First Nations community talks partnership with Canadian cannabis producer

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) in Quebec has said it is currently studying a partnership to establish a Health Canada licensed “state-of-the-art” medicinal cannabis greenhouse of at least 50,000-sq-ft, with an additional 20,000-sq-ft of post-harvesting space.

In a statement, the MCK said it is in discussions with Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest medicinal marijuana company, which would see Canopy Growth purchase up to 100% of the cannabis produced at the Kahnawà:ke facility. The partnership would mark Canopy Growth’s first First Nations partnership in the province.


Quebec's cannabis agency calls on Ottawa to protect U.S.-bound Canadians with industry ties

With a month to go before marijuana is legalized in Canada, Quebec's new cannabis agency is calling on the federal government to address the worry that Canadians who work in the industry may be barred from entering the United States.

"I think the citizens have to be protected. It's as simple as that," says Jean-François Bergeron, the provincial liquor board (SAQ) executive who's heading up the creation of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).

"We are obviously concerned."

While the SQDC and its counterparts in other provinces have been examining that issue closely, there is little they can do to influence the way the U.S. manages its borders.

That's a discussion that must be left up to Ottawa and Washington, Bergeron said.


'I often describe it as 'running through the forest at night'" - Hexo's Terry Lake on building a cannabis empire

Terry Lake is the Vice President of Social Responsibility at the Hexo, a licensed cannabis producer based in Quebec, Canada, writes Nick Hilden. 

What makes your company different from others in the cannabis space?

We have taken a very deliberate and measured approach to our growth strategy by focussing first on Quebec and then on the rest of Canada and now looking to international markets. We have resisted the temptation to throw a lot of stuff at the wall and see what sticks, choosing a longer term and well-researched strategy.

How did you get into the cannabis space?


With legalization approaching, training material for Quebec cannabis stores isn't finished

Quebec's new cannabis agency has yet to finish the final details of its training materials for employees, despite the fact it hopes to open about 20 retail stores across Quebec in just over a month.

Nonetheless, the roughly 300 people who will work for the Quebec cannabis agency (SQDC) will be expected to educate the public about the product, and the risks associated with it, when they start work.

CBC has filed access to information requests for the training documents and materials with three provincial organizations: the SAQ, which is overseeing the new cannabis agency, the Quebec Health Ministry, and the CHUM, Montreal's French-language superhospital, which is a partner in the process.


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