Ontario Announces Cannabis Retail Model
August 13, 2018
After being in power for only 1.5 months, they have reneged on this idea of allowing a careful, controlled rollout of selling cannabis via LCBO/OCS retailers before deciding on if they should move to a private retailer model. There appears to be no real consultation or study involved in making this decision, and no real weight behind Doug Ford's statements made to Alan Carter during the campaign.
Alan Carter speaks with Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford
March 15, 2018
Starting from 2:19 in the video:
Alan Carter: "You’ve suggested that you would like to see more free market in cannabis distribution. Could you explain that?"
Doug Ford: "Yeah, I, I, I just wanna correct that, and if you play back the record on your sister station, on 640, um, what I, what I said is I think we start off with the liquor stores, and eventually I believe in the free market. So, uh, I just believe in, uh, the free market, and let the market dictate, but we have to be – I wanna emphasize this – we gotta be super, super, super careful. Uh, it’s a road that, uh, we haven’t went down before. We start off, y’know, in our controlled environment under the LCBO. And then, I, I would be open to, uh, putting it out, uh, again, I, I wanna see how it goes first."
Alan Carter: "But cannabis in private stores? Would that happen under a Ford administration?"
Doug Ford: "Now, now, may, maybe down, down the road, down the road but right now I really, at the beginning, it has to be controlled. Let’s see the effects. Let’s just keep it as it is now in the liquor store and then I’d be open to it, if, if it’s alright, if everything goes smooth. If it doesn’t, then we’re keepin’ it in the liquor stores."