Recreational marijuana and products will be legal on October 17. They’ll even be sold in government-run weed stores. But your average retailers aren’t allowed to sell their own products with the cannabis leaf. Unfair? Maybe.
According to Quebec’s Cannabis Regulation Act, nothing that shows the cannabis leaf on it can be sold in a retail store. That’s true whether it’s clothing, decor, or accessories!
Same goes for smoking accessory stores in Quebec.
The Cannabis Regulation Act reads:
“No name, logo, distinguishing guise, design, image or slogan that is not directly associated with cannabis, a brand of cannabis, the SQDC or a cannabis producer may be used on a facility, vehicle, poster or an object that is not cannabis but that could imply an indirect link. In Québec, it will not be permitted, for example, to sell t-shirts with the printed picture of a cannabis leaf.”
This is true even though there are currently stores that are weed related and sell items of this nature! They lose the right to sell such products as soon as marijuana becomes legalized in Canada, and more particularly, in Quebec.
Not posters, not T-shirts, not lighters…NOTHING!
There will be 31 government inspectors on the loose and on the lookout, according to Quebec’s Health Ministry. The department claims that hefty fines will result if retailers break the marijuana law, anywhere from $5,000 to $62,500.
Repeat offenders could see fines doubled.