Officials are scrambling to prepare for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada ahead of the midnight deadline.
So far, Canada seems dangerously unprepared for that moment.
TL;DR Most SQDC locations will be open at 10:00 am every day. They will close at 9:00 pm on weekdays and 5:00 pm on weekends.
In Quebec, construction and design crews are still hard at work putting the finishing touches on Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) retail locations.
The SQDC promises to be up and running tomorrow as planned. But agency representatives have so far been secretive about opening hours.
That posed a huge problem not only to eager consumers but also to law enforcement.
Thousands are expected to line up to get their first sample of legal weed.
But because opening hours have so far been unclear, all those people have been left guessing. Lines could start to grow in the early hours of the morning.
But today, that uncertainty, at least, has been resolved.
According to a quiet release from the SQDC, most locations will be open at 10:00 am on October 17th.
Stores will close at 9:00 pm during the week and 5:00 pm on weekends.
That will, ironically perhaps, make marijuana more accessible in the province than alcohol. Most SAQ locations have notoriously horrible hours.
Despite this clarity, however, other factors remain unclear.
The SQDC will be the sole operator of online sales. But that wing of its website has yet to go live.
Elements of new cannabis regulations are also obscure. Misinformation about the effects of cannabis and punishments for cannabis-related offenses are still circulating nationally.
Differences in law from province to province and from municipality to municipality will only further confuse consumers.
Stay tuned for more updates on legalization.