The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) has announced that it will partner with several cannabis suppliers to sell marijuana, once it becomes legalized in Canada.
This morning, SAQ announced that it signed an agreement with Ontario-based marijuana supplier Alphria Inc., in order to offer “high-quality, safe, and clean cannabis products for sale in Quebec.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with the SAQ to supply the Quebec adult-use market with a variety of high-quality, safe and pure cannabis products,” said Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria, in a release.
Under this deal, Aphria will supply the Quebec market with up to 12,000 kg of branded cannabis products in the first year of the agreement. This includes cannabis oils and other speciality marijuana goods.
Five other companies –Hydropothecary, Canopy Growth, MedReleaf, Aurora Cannabis, and Tilray –have also partnered with Quebec for cannabis sales.
The Federal government has promised to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018.
But officials in some provincial governments and law enforcement agencies are calling for a delay of the bill altogether, as they do not have enough time to deal with the changes associated with legalization by early this summer.