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Cannabis store coming to Gatineau by the summer


Quebec's cannabis authority is planning to open a store in the summer, despite supply problems putting the brakes on its wide expansion plans.

The Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) says it expects to open three new locations by the middle of 2019, including shops in unspecified locations in Brossard, Joliette and Gatineau.

The province's original plan was to have a Gatineau store by the end of 2018. But the new CAQ government paused those plans after its election.

The news of these 3 new shops comes as the SQDC downgraded its expectations for provincial expansion.

The agency now says it will have 40 points of sale by March 2020, falling 20 per cent short of the 50 locations first mentioned in the original plan.

There are currently 12 stores open.

"We've put [the expansion plans] a little on ice, "said SQDC President Jean-François Bergeron in a French-language interview with The Canadian Press.

Shortly after the recreational cannabis was legalized on Oct. 17, stock ran thin and brick-and-mortar stores reported mirroring in other parts of the country – causing many of Quebec's locations to reduce their operating hours.

"I think it's better for customers to have a big network four days a week than a seven-day network," Bergeron said.

"When branches are open, it's easier to add a day of operation."

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