SAQ will sell only booze, not pot
There is no chance that Quebecers will, one day, be able to pick up a bottle of wine and and a bag of marijuana at their local SAQ( Société des alcools du Québec ) outlet.
Finance Minister Carlos Leitao says decisions taken on where and how to market marijuana, when it becomes legal, will be done with public health in mind.
Leitao says the government's priority will be to control distribution, not maximize revenue and he says he will not ask for input from the SAQ.
Unionized SAQ workers had called on the government to give the agency responsibility for marijuana sales.
The Institute for socioeconomic data and research (IRIS) published a study in December indicating marijuana sales would exceed $1 billion in the first year, and $3.2 billion within ten years.