Edible cannabis products become legal in Quebec on December 5, but the provincial REC retail monopoly, the SQDC, will not sell them before the New Year. At first it will only sell cannabis beverages rather than food items (which are strictly controlled under provincial law).
Montreal Gazette, La Presse
- Those looking to the privatization of New Brunswick’s foundering REC monopoly, Cannabis NB, shouldn’t imagine the same future for the SQDC. A spokesperson for finance minister Éric Girard said, “We have no intention of modifying the model of the SQDC. That is one we have always favoured.”
TVA Nouvelles—In French (My Translation)
Though Quebec’s CAQ government is the country’s most hostile to cannabis, they will nonetheless invest in MED. News broke this week that economy and innovation minister Pierre Fitzgibbon had the provincial cabinet adopt a “frame of reference” for giving loans, grants, and equity to companies in the province’s MED industry. Fitzgibbon said, “One of our objectives is to revive or revitalize life sciences in Quebec.”
Ici Radio-Canada—In French