Quebec to sell cannabis online via SAQ, Radio-Canada sources say – CBC.ca

Legal cannabis could be just a click away for Quebecers once Canada’s new marijuana law comes into effect, Radio-Canada has learned.

The Quebec government plans to table its own legislation to manage legal marijuana sales Thursday, Radio-Canada has confirmed, and it intends to manage online marijuana sales through the SAQ, Quebec’s publicly owned liquor agency.

Neighbouring New Brunswick has yet to work out details, but provincial leaders there have told CBC News that customers might pay for the product online and then pick it up at an official retail store.

That province is also considering having trained staff deliver the product to people’s homes.

Postal workers to deliver cannabis

The Quebec model would entail Canada Post delivery of the product ordered from the SAQ website, sources say.

Quebec is expected to become the third province in Canada to propose legislation to manage legal marijuana sales this week, when Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois tables the bill. (CBC)

Before handing over the package, a postal employee would check identification to ensure the customer is of legal age and ask to see proof of the online purchase.

Canada Post already delivers alcohol ordered online through the SAQ, and it has been handling the delivery of medical marijuana since 2013.

Online sales to ensure access

The online service would ensure a legal source for customers who will not have access to a physical store.

Initially, at least, the province only intends to set up 20 SAQ stores across Quebec to sell marijuana on site, Radio-Canada has learned.

In Ontario, a subsidiary of the LCBO, that province’s liquor board, will only have 40 retail stores set up to sell the drug when it becomes legal next summer. That number is expected to grow to 150 by 2020.

In a  September 2017 news conference, the Ontario government said it is capping the

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