Judging by the lines, it was unsurprising to hear that the pot stores in Montreal eventually ran out of Cannabis to sell.
Reports are coming in that there is little to no product left in any of the Montreal government owned Cannabis stores. With most of them reportedly not having a lock-up or secure storage facilities, people quickly had to realize that what was on the self was all that was available.
Though wait times have seemed to go down, this might also be because of the shortage. The drought leaves many wondering if privatization is a better way to go. For fans of history the 4 hour long wait at many stores last week reminded one of soviet era bread lines, not a forward thinking modern country.
The SCDQ (Société Québécoise du Cannabis) has undoubtedly tried its best in a new market but it hasn’t been without faults. Only 3 of the proposed 4 stores opened on time and even then many people said it was way too low for a city such as Montreal.
“With the exception of the first day, sales were in line with the projections made by the SQDC. The delivery of products to our branches by different producers complicated the first days of operation and will remain a problem in the short term,” said the SQDC in a statement.
There has also been complaints about the quality and weight of the Cannabis, the fact that it is weighed and pre-sealed meaning the SQDC have little say on this but certainly have to sort issues with suppliers out.
The increased demand post legislation has also left some medical users out in the cold with complaints about shortages and pricing. The main complaint seems to be the price, and although at low quantities the price is somewhat competitive with the black market, people who consume larger amounts are left out of pocket as the SQDC doesn’t scale the price.
As the rest of the world looks on though, we must remind ourselves that Canada is a pioneer in the Marajuana legalisation game. Nobody apart from Uruguay has done this before, there is little to learn from, no foreign experts, vast studies on demand to look at.
The sun has risen every day since legalisation, and there have been no reports of anti-anti-social behaviour, criminality or wide scale cereal shortages. As frustrating as the SCDQ is and certainly needs to improve, legalisation is looking like a success.
With Canada leading the charge, and now even Mexico talking about decriminalisation, soon many other countries will hopefully stop prohibition also. They will look and learn from Canada, a country that’s showing it has some god damn common sense.
And although the lines were frustrating and shortages too, is there anything really more Canadian than patiently waiting in line, politely talking to the other people in the queue, all waiting to get wonderfully, and legally, stoned.