Bonjour mes amis! I have just returned from La Belle Province and man do I have some wild stories to tell you …but not really. I did wander into an SDQC while I was there though. The SDQC is like the LCBO, except for cannabis. But it’s also like the OCS because it also controls the Quebec market in terms of supplying the entire province with their weed. It would be like if the OCS had brick and mortar stores and there were no other pot shops at all, just them. Very different setup than what I’m used to seeing.
I was in Montréal, a major North American city, so you’d think there would be pot shops on every block but that wasn’t the case at all. I was shocked to find that there was only one SDQC in their entire downtown core …but somehow it seemed to work for them.
The lineup was about 16 people deep when I got there, which looked big, but I was at the entrance door within 12 minutes …good thing too because the suit place next door didn’t seem happy about the line, that must form every single day, that was snaking past their front doors.
Once at the door, a hired security guard checks IDs (obviously he didn’t need to check Big Larry’s though so I just waved and walked right by). Once inside there was a second security guard who made sure you weren’t packing heat …at least I think that’s what he was doing. I didn’t even ask.
The store itself was not that big inside. There was just enough room for customers to move around comfortably without needing to squeeze past one another or throw elbows for space. There were 8 visible staff working that day, each at their own station, with the layout being very similar to what you see at a bank (with a long row of tellers …except it was budtenders).