Quebec to Impose Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine for Buying Pot

Politics News - Quebec to Impose Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine for Buying Pot

In the wake of the Omicron variant, Quebeckers may be required to own a vaccination passport to enter a recreational cannabis shop.

This pandemic-induced protocol will likely be enforced for shopping at the SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec) and the SQDC (Société Québécoise du Cannabis) — the only legally authorized places to buy liquor and weed in the state.

That said, the Crown corporations reviewed the question last week and decided that there’s still no need for cannabis buyers to show vaccination proof.

However, with the rising number of COVID-19 cases, this could soon become a necessity, said Linda Bouchard, the spokesperson for SAQ.

To make matters worse, it’s usually during high pandemic alerts that Canadians reach for recreational marijuana.

For example, during April and June 2020, Canadians spent 74% more on legal weed than the same period the year before. Likewise, recreational cannabis products worth over $29 million were sold in June alone.

Still, until an official decree is issued, non-vaccinated Canadians above 21 years of age can buy their recreational cannabis from SQDC stores in the state, even though they can’t enter bars, restaurants, and casinos.

In addition to that, the increase in COVID-19 cases also prompted the City of Montreal to implement a 10 PM curfew and declare a local state of emergency back in December.