The SQDC has not confirmed whether there will be other pot stores in the West Island.
The first pot store in the West Island is open for business. The Société Québécois du Cannabis (SQDC) outlet is located in a strip mall at 1866-A Sources Blvd. West Islanders might remember it as the former location of the Bourbon Street West nightclub.
In October, the Montreal Gazette reported that the SQDC would be opening 20 more outlets province-wide by March 2020. This would bring the total number of outlets in the province to 43.
As is required by law, the Pointe-Claire outlet is not near a school, daycare or park.
SQDC spokesman Fabrice Giguère told the West Island Gazette that he could not say whether there were plans to open another pot store in the western part of the island. SQDC information is not always easy to come by. Pointe-Claire Mayor John Belvedere told the West Island Gazette that he heard about an outlet coming to the city through media reports. When the SQDC was contacted nine days before the opening date to confirm when the store would be open for business, the response was that there was no information available.
Opening hours for the Pointe-Claire SQDC are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
T’Cha Dunlevy contributed to this report.