Cannabis is officially legal for recreational use in Canada.\nStores across the country opened their doors for the first time to eager Canadian cannabis-ethusiasts.\nALSO READ: Quebec's Online Marijuana Store Has Already Sold Out Of Some Products\nTL;DR Despite some confusion and hiccups, buying marijuana at the SQDC appears to be as easy as it could possibly be. Security, however, seems excessive. Customers pass through three employees before reaching the order counter.\nIn Montreal, potentially thousands of people lined up to take part in this historic occassion.\nThe government of Quebec holds a complete monopoly on marijuana sales through the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).\nFor months the SQDC has teased its store design concept, customer service protocols, and range of products. But only today has the full experience finally become accessible.\nA representative for MTLBlog was among the first twenty-five people admitted into the downtown SQDC branch on Rue Ste-Catherine.\nThey arrived at the branch at around 6:30am. By opening time at 10:00 am, hundreds of people were in a line that wrapped around the block.\nVia MTLBlog\nAt exactly 10:00, a cheer ran through the crowd as doors finally opened. A security guard emerged to keep media cameras at bay.\nVia MTLBlog\nOnly twenty individuals are allowed in the store at one time.\nCustomers enter the store via a security atrium. From the street, this is the only visible section of the branch.\nVisitors must present identification at a security desk before proceeding onto the sales floor.\nVia MTLBlog\nThere, SQDC employees are eager to assist you. They give the impression that you must pass through them before placing your order.\nThose employees spend a lot of time diligently explaining the effects and risks of the three categories of marijuana at the store: indica, sativa, and hybrid.\nBut despite that enthusiasm, anxiety was palpable among the employees. There also seemed to be slight confusion about some products.\nTwo employees told our representative that cannabis oils may be placed on the tongue, while, upon further inspection, the product's directions indicate that oil must be placed under the tongue. But that's probably a trivial distinction.\nOverall, however, employees were friendly, informed, and meticulous.\nProducts are out of reach of customers and stored securely behind a counter that surrounds an open central space.\nVia MTLBlog\nThe branch seemed to be quickly emptying its shelves. It was unclear whether more products were stored out of sight either below counters or in a back room.\nVia MTLBlog\nThe products are hilariously named.\nVia MTLBlog\nBecause there are no line indicators, there was much confusion about how to actually place an order once they approached the counter.\nIt took twenty minutes for our representative to be served.\nThe employee behind the desk exhibited even more confusion. He was unsure about the product which had been recommended.\nMoreover, because customer orders are organized along a second visible counter behind the initial customer desk, there appeared to be some doubt about which products corresponded to which customers.\nThe check-out employee confirmed orders multiple times with each customer. Cannabis products are placed in an unmarked brown paper bag.\nOnce customers have paid for their products, they are free to leave the store.\nIn sum, buying marijuana appears to be as easy as it could possibly be. Customers should be prepared, though, to pass through three employees before obtaining their products.\nThis is only the first day of legalization. Customer service protocols and regulations are sure to become more firm in the coming days.\nStay tuned.