Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is condemning PC Leader Doug Ford’s idea about having cannabis sold by private sector retailers.
Wynne is all about promoting a doomed government monopoly approach to selling pot, and in condemning private sector involvement, she claims Ontarians don’t want “cannabis sold next to candy bars.”
But, when it comes to age-restricted products, private sector convenience stores already sell many of those products right next to candy bars. In smaller communities, that includes more than 200 convenience stores that sell beer, wine, and spirits, that have been doing so for decades.
The ostensible policy reason for giving government control over liquor and weed retailing boils down to that murky concept known as “social responsibility.”
Yet studies show convenience stores scored the highest in refusal rates when tested with underage secret shoppers.
In 2012, the Ontario Convenience Stores Association delivered the largest single petition ever collected in Ontario’s history with hundreds of thousands of signatories who wanted to see more competition in beer and wine sales through convenience stores.
Clearly, Wynne doesn’t speak for all Ontarians on a supposed resistance to seeing cannabis next to candy bars.
Government’s role when it comes to any product is to regulate and tax the stuff, not to warehouse and retail it, especially when nanny-state monopolies do such a poor job of it.