This morning, the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) announced that it will open three new stores in Quebec within the next year. The news comes after the SQDC just recently announced the opening another three stores in Chicoutimi, Sherbrooke, and Châteauguay.
Montreal will be getting a new location along with Granby and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts sometime in the year. These new storefronts will be ready by March 2020 at the latest, in order to comply with the SQDC's promise of 43 locations by that date.
According to TVA Nouvelles, the SQDC says in a statement that opening more locations across the province will give consumers better access to the legal market. Also, the announcement of the three new locations is a step towards pulling people away from the black market and giving them access to a safer and better product.
There are currently 14 stores now open across Quebec. If we include the six upcoming stores, there are now 20 stores in the province. The SQDC is planning on opening 43 locations by March 2020 so expect announcements to ramp up.
In Montreal, the new location is said to be on Queen-Mary street in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood.
It's unknown to us how large the store will be or what the business hours are but we can assume that the new storefront will follow the standard SQDC model.
The news comes at a bizarre time for legal cannabis in Canada. According to the CBC, support for legal cannabis has dropped by some 19% over the past year, with more and more people turning to the black market for their fix.
The Canadian government is planning to legalize access to edible products starting next year, but Canadians are unsure of how this will play out. Some worry that edibles will make cannabis products more attractive to youth.
Many studies have shown that the support for legal cannabis is waning across the country. What's more, is that people are still relying on black market sources because the price is still cheaper than what you would find in the store.
Whatever your opinions on legal cannabis, having more access to legal and safe products is better for the overall strength of the industry. If the government wants to halt black market actions, opening more locations is a good first step.
Though it might be slightly more expensive, many people still say that legal product is on-par, if not better than black market marijuana. Of course, that's up to you to decide.