Couche-Tard still wants to sell marijuana in its Quebec convenience stores

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Alimentation Couche-Tard is hush interested in selling marijuana and its co-founder says he thinks provincial administrations should stay out of selling this product.

Alain Bouchard, the supervisor chairman of the Quebec-based chain of convenience stores, says Crown corporations draw involved in cannabis sales is a step backwards after it becomes rightful next year.

Couche-Tard would like to sell cannabis in some of the various than 2,000 stores it operates in Canada.

The Quebec government is still weighing how the result will be sold in the province as the federal government has committed to legalizing marijuana as of July 2018.

For the instant, some provinces are in favour of overseeing the sale of cannabis.

The Ontario guidance announced earlier this month its plan to open 150 surrendered marijuana stores run by the province’s liquor control board, but Quebec hasn’t fixed on private sector involvement.

New Brunswick has also announced a Crown corporation ordain also be created to oversee the sale of cannabis.

Couche-Tard even leased a lobbyist to work on ensuring it is involved in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec want eventually set up, but Bouchard says the provincial government has given the company the stereotyped shoulder.

«They do not even want to talk to us, so I think it is a shame,» Bouchard worded The Canadian Press on Tuesday on the sidelines of the multinational company’s annual engagement in Laval.

«We have the ability to sell this product while converging all government requirements (and) we can train our staff on verifying the identity of all consumers, regardless of their age.»

The businessman mean employees of the company’s convenience stores were already selling sweepstake tickets, beer and tobacco.

Bouchard, known for his strong opposition near government incursions into the retail sector, has repeatedly criticized the Quebec Red-eye Corp. for its monopoly in the past.

«I think it is a step backwards when we vary to crown corporations to sell a product that we have decided to legalize,» Bouchard averred.

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