"Chez Jean Coutu, on trouve de tout, même un ami."
That's the famous slogan of the Quebec based pharmacy chain.
It translates to: "At Jean Coutu you'll find it all, even a friend"
But perhaps after today they'll want to change their slogan to:
"At Jean Coutu You'll Find It All, Even Some Weed"
It's not a pipe dream either, (Get it, pipe dream?) the CEO of Jean Coutu announced this week that he is willing to start selling medical marijuana in his pharmacies.
They don't plan on doing any lobbying or publicity campaigns to be have the right to start selling weed, they just claim to be open to the idea.
But that's probably because they lack the proper motivation.
Francois Coutu claims he's not sure how profitable marijuana sales would be. But you just need to take a look around the world to see that nobody selling marijuana is in financial trouble. Colorado made $700 million worth of sales in a single year. They're generating so much surplus income they don't even know what to do with it all.
It's marijuana, it sells itself. There's a reason why people risk their lives and their freedoms to grow it and sell it illegally.
In the end they would stupid not to, which is why Jean Coutu will probably end up selling weed. Even The Canadian Pharmacists Association say they would feel better if they were the main distributors of medical marijuana so that they can conduct proper clinical oversight.
Personally I think Montreal should just say fuck it all, legalize recreational marijuana use and start selling it at the SAQ like they said they would.
Either way if Jean Coutu doesn't do this soon, Pharmaprix might beat them to the punch.