March 17, 2018

Do Ontarians share Wynne’s fear of “cannabis next to candy bars”?

David MenziesMission Specialist


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.

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commented 2018-03-18 23:04:09 -0400
Andrew i was able to buy booze from the old ALCB stores when i was 15 if i didn’t shave for a few days.
The hours were worse than a bank. They had no fear of selling to minors as they would face little punishment unlike the private stores who get massive fines and lose their license.
commented 2018-03-18 22:58:37 -0400
Andrew many on the right want it legal as well. Many on the right smoke it. Quit buying your own BS.
And Wynne is being a hypocrite, the Liberals want their monopoly.
commented 2018-03-18 22:57:05 -0400
Bob Rock you are the sheep not us. LMAO! We are complaining about our party all the time ,you are not.
commented 2018-03-18 22:55:11 -0400
Bob Rock keep on spewing BS. Wynne is being a hypocrite , not us.
commented 2018-03-18 22:53:19 -0400
Andrew Stephenson none of them nor any of us would get upset if a crazy kid is not allowed to buy a gun, you comment is pure ignorance.
commented 2018-03-18 21:56:21 -0400
Oh and Andrew, Trump said he believed in climate change too, then he exited the Paris Accord. Cheers.
commented 2018-03-18 21:42:25 -0400
Andrew, I think you missed Drew’s point, the government should have hauled the shooter off to the looney bin two years ago and the shooting probably never would have happened. More laws are not the answer when the government fails to use the laws already on the books.
commented 2018-03-18 21:15:58 -0400
You know Andrew, I can’t say that Doug has suddenly turned progressive on pot. I don’t recall him ever railing against it. As you say everyone knows about the allegations in the 80’s and it is clear no one cares. That issue has already been beaten to death. No mileage for you there, especially when Jr. is a self-confessed user. I don’t think of him as a Big “C” conservative, since Big “Cs” these days tend to be more progressive. He is stands for respect for the taxpayers money, fiscal responsibility and smaller government. He is small “c”. On social issues, like most conservatives here, I think he is flexible. One thing is for certain, he is a big improvement on Wynne who stands for big government boondoggles such as the Green Energy Act, identity politics, corruption and massive deficits. So maybe he is not a perfect conservative, but that should make it easier for you to swallow if he wins.
commented 2018-03-18 19:14:12 -0400
Al Peterson,

No point is missed.

The reality is that if it’s a liberal decision – you (or others here) are against it – but if the same decision or support comes from a conservative politician who is liked ala Ford – all of a sudden conservatives support the same thing that was actually a liberal idea from the start.
commented 2018-03-18 19:04:41 -0400
Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-03-18 16:58:41 -0400
Andrew Stephenson look another government failure, and you want more government to solve the problem?? What the hell else had to happen? "

Yet, Florida confiscates this guy’s guns as they haul him off to the looney bin, and Breitbart/ 2nd amendment enthusiasts seem right pissed about it.


“Robert Mcclelland commented 2018-03-18 15:59:21 -0400
Gee, I always thought the lefties felt weed never should have been criminalized. Now that it will be legal, they are criticizing Ford for being ahead of his time? Isn’t it great that Ford and our pot-head PM will have something in common? "

My point is that the Right has (head-scratchingly" turned very progressive on this issue – not the pot itself (I really don’t care how it’s sold). It’s about the ideological inconsistencies on full display here.

It’s hardly surprising that Doug would be so “liberal”. We all know what he was up to in the 80s, but the case of him as a mascot of Big C Conservative is dissolving rapidly. Wavering on the sex ed (we learned from the CBC interview that he doesn’t even know what he’s opposed to), admits climate change is real and that (like Scheer) he merely doesn’t like the tax as a means of addressing it, fully in support of weed sales. Oh, no matter. He’s the anti-elitist outsider who just happens to be close family friends with the Harpers, the Harrises, the Flaherties/Elliots of the world; the guy who tells it like it is who has been wrangled by his handlers to be a whole lot more discrete.
commented 2018-03-18 16:32:03 -0400
It would seem Doug has always had a free enterprise attitude about pot.
commented 2018-03-18 16:19:42 -0400
Andrew Stephenson sorry only some were opposed and the left is not doing FULL LEGALIZATION , try using your head.
commented 2018-03-18 16:18:19 -0400
Bob Rock i smoked for 15 years , many of my friends still do. None of us ever wanted it sold by the government as it will drive costs up. The Liberals are not legalizing it, they are cornering the market. That is why they are scared of this.
commented 2018-03-18 16:16:33 -0400
Bob Rock no sorry lots of us did not care about it being legal, the point is that the Liberals want control of it.
commented 2018-03-18 15:59:21 -0400
Gee, I always thought the lefties felt weed never should have been criminalized. Now that it will be legal, they are criticizing Ford for being ahead of his time? Isn’t it great that Ford and our pot-head PM will have something in common?
commented 2018-03-18 15:49:46 -0400
Al, well said!
commented 2018-03-18 15:04:45 -0400
Amazing how these lefty trolls miss the point every single time. Stupid seeking missiles, they are. If there is stupid idea or a way to misinterpret the message they hit dead centre every time.
commented 2018-03-18 14:46:38 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

I was being sarcastic with Ford taking Trudeau to court over pot, because prior to this – many conservatives here outraged over the idea of pot being legal, but it’s all good now that a former drug dealer – Ford, is supportive of pot being legal.
commented 2018-03-18 14:35:40 -0400
Dirk, they don’t see the parallels. Tax grabs are what the government specializes in, that and, wasting tax dollars.
commented 2018-03-18 14:27:01 -0400
Tammie those D F stooges wouldn’t see a tax grab coming if it stared them in the face.
The gov has monopoly on ripping people off (and they don’t like competition). They do it with tobacco and alcohol, weed is next.
commented 2018-03-18 14:00:46 -0400
Well Andrew and Sideshow Bob,

I was in favour of decriminalizing pot. This isn’t what Sunny Ways has in store for Canada, so, I’m going with no government monopoly. If you think there is going to be “complete liberalization of weed” you have been misinformed!
Research it and you will find out.

I think you misheard Doug and his supporters…he’s willing to take Trudeau to court for imposing the Carbon Tax. To my knowledge, nothing was said about challenging Sissy Socks in court concerning pot.
commented 2018-03-18 13:50:11 -0400
“Bob Rock commented 2018-03-17 19:30:26 -0400
I thought some of you didn’t want pot to be legal. Weren’t you hoping that Doug Ford would take Trudeau to court to keep pot out of Ontario?”

It’s puzzling, isn’t it? The Right has gone full circle from being unequivocally opposed to fully in support of complete liberalization of weed. Doug’s trying to out-Trudeau Trudeau on this one.

Then again, populism has never really been about ideological consistency.
commented 2018-03-18 13:39:18 -0400
Jay Kelly, did you get a weekend pass?
commented 2018-03-18 12:59:36 -0400
Doug Ford certainly has more experience with narcotics than Wynn has. His family has been doing a solid business for decades, even while the drugs were illegal. Wynn claims the government should be “socially responsible”. What about being fiscally responsible? Ford knows how to make the money.
commented 2018-03-18 12:58:53 -0400
Knowing Doug Ford, I suspect even if he does win – it will only be for one term considering how he is a brainless clown.
commented 2018-03-18 09:23:53 -0400
Right you are Peter. It is the way of things. Sigh. Just when I was getting all positive.
commented 2018-03-18 09:16:07 -0400
With Ford leading the Ontario PCs, it is highly likely the PCs will take the next election. They will have to remain in office for at least 3 if not 4 terms to undo the damage the Liberals have caused.

Then once the Conservatives have been used to restore the economy, Ontarians will once again vote in the Liberals who will then once again destroy. It is a vicious cycle that has gone on for many decades both provincially in most provinces and federally.
commented 2018-03-18 09:15:55 -0400
Whinny is so desperate, she is now playing the race card. She wants younger people to vote to counter the votes of “some senior person” or “some white person”. The inclusiveness of the Wynne government is something to behold. Using the left’s own vernacular she has sounded a “dog whistle” for her racist base.
commented 2018-03-18 02:17:47 -0400
Wynne is six points behind in her riding. She is in danger of losing her seat. Ford has a slight lead over the libtards in all of Toronto. Even the Star is reporting that Ford is on track for a majority. Over 80% polled in Ontario are sick and tired of McGuilty/Whiny politics. Bobby Rock needs to stock up on anti depressants for the eventual win by Doug Ford.