Quebec to crack down on black market with cannabis police force

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A 54-person police squad will be working to squash any remnants of the black market in Quebec once cannabis becomes legal next month, writes Calvin Hughes.

Quebec's provincial police force - the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) - recently announced the formation of a new police squad the with the singular directive of destroying the marijuana black market. The force will be comparable to similar forces that work to uphold laws surrounding illicit alcohol and tobacco sales.

The force is to be called ACCES Cannabis (Action concertée contre l’économie souterraine) and will be divided in to three smaller groups, one stationed in Quebec City and the other two in Montreal.

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This new announcement falls in line with Quebec's overall tough stance when it comes to the newly legalized cannabis industry. And this is a reminder that the SQ will not be taking black market interactions lightly.

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