Quebec's new pot stores to start hiring soon

Quebec's new government-run pot stores will begin a hiring blitz next month, even though there's still no official date for the nationwide legalization of cannabis.

By the end of the year, there will be around 20 stores under the heading Société Québécoise du Cannabis — each with about 10 to 15 employees. They'll be expected to not only sell the products, but also to advise customers on their purchases.

For now, the SAQ, which will oversee the sale and distribution of legal pot in the province, is in the process of figuring out where the new stores will be located.

The SAQ has already settled on roughly four locations on Montreal island — all of them near metro stations: near the Berri-UQAM, Radisson, Jean-Talon and Lionel-Groulx stations.

Alain Brunet, the CEO of the SAQ, says aside from hiring and training new staff, they also have to figure out what the layout of each store will look like.

Pot is expected to sell for about $6 per gram, and will be offered only in bud and oil form. It's expected there will be about 150 different products on offer once the stores are in business.

Brunet also says the new entity's online operations will be ready to go, starting on day one of legalization.