Ontario to end folly of Spirits monopoly while pushing ahead with gov’cannabis

Ontario to Finish folly of Spirits monopoly while blindly pushing ahead with gov’t-controlled cannabis

Ontario’s recently elected Progressive Conservative government announced its plans to end the LCBO’s near-monopoly on alcohol sales in its throne speech last week.

That means wine and beer sales will be expanded to big box stores, grocery stores, and corner shops, which fulfills a significant campaign promise that the Ford government has called a “show of respect for customers ”, based on Global News.

It’s great that Canada’s most populous province is finally bringing its alcohol laws in accordance with much of the country, but the same can’t be said about cannabis.

While Ontario is liberalizing its liquor laws after years of criticism and complaints against what many have called an “antiquated system“, there are no plans to likewise liberalize recreational cannabis sales when it becomes legal.

  • Where’s the respect for consumers when it comes to cannabis?
  • What’s with the double standard?

“Other provinces have conclusively demonstrated that you can enlarge points of sale [of alcohol] in this manner whilst rigorously enforcing the legislation,” Premier Ford told Global News back in May.  When it comes to cannabis, he doesn’t even have to look at other provinces to see that private sales of cannabis can work

It’s great that Canada’s most populous province is finally bringing its alcohol laws in accordance with much of the country, but the same can’t be said about cannabis– all he wants to do is look at the countless dispensaries currently operating in Ontario!

Ontario’s liquor system “imposes excessive costs on consumers, restricts their menu of options, and limits the accessibility of shops retailing alcohol.

Additionally, it imposes distortions on little national breweries and wineries and puts them at a competitive disadvantage relative to some large Canadian and foreign manufacturers. ”

Swap out “alcohol” for “cannabis”, and “wineries” and “breweries” for “growers”, and that’s a dead ringer for Ontario’s recreational cannabis retail system once it becomes legal on October 17.

Plus, it’s not like the government is somehow inherently better at keeping age-restricted products out of the hands of the youth. A study from May 2011 revealed that 25 percent of minors aged 15-18 managed to buy alcohol at an LCBO without I.D, while only 12.5% of minors could purchase tobacco at personal convenience stores without I.D.

Sources

Global News: COMMENTARY: Good riddance to government-run liquor retail.

Global News: Ontario government lays out promises to fund health care, cut waste in first throne speech.

Toronto CityNews: How alcohol is sold in provinces across Canada.

Released at Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:38:17 +0000

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