It's Now Even Harder To Get Legal Weed In Québec, As Cannabis Stores Will Only Be Open 4 Days A Week

Buying legal cannabis in Québec has become somewhat of an Olympic sport.

Québec's provincially operated cannabis retailers—the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC)—announced Friday that they will be reducing their opening hours. SQDC locations across Quebec will no longer be open Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesday. The reason: stock shortages.

While product shortages have been wide spread across Canada since recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, Québec seems to have been particularly hard hit. Stores in Montreal ran out of stock before noon at least twice in the past week.

The SQDC's reduced hours won't gurantee you'll find what you're looking for when you visit one of their stores, but officials say it should help consolidate stock, and improve customer service on the days they are open. Locations will not be operating seven days a week again until "availability of products is stabilized"—whenever that is.

Online sales will continue as normal, though customers should expect some products to be out of stock.

Even when retail stock does stabilize, people in Québec should expect continued restrictions. The recently elected Coalition Avenir Québec plans to raise the legal cannabis consumption and purchasing age to 21, which would be the highest in the country. And as residents are banned from growing their own cannabis, there is no meaningful way for consumers to get around the current stock shortages.

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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