September 15, 2017

Generation Trudeau: What could go wrong with state-run pot monopoly?

David MenziesMission Specialist

When it comes to the “sin business” (like gambling and liquor), the government of Ontario loves its state-run monopolies like OLG and the LCBO. 


And so it is that the province will create a new monopoly next year to handle the retail sale of marijuana.

Watch as I ask members of Generation Trudeau After Dark if a cannabis monopoly run by the province is a far-out idea or a real bummer, man.

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commented 2017-09-18 22:48:06 -0400
Billy, you’re not quite right in a couple of things. First, I think the word you’ve butchered is “cachet”. And it’s imaginary. At least, in the material I’ve seen. The pot’s got cool names, sure, but so does booze so… And I haven’t seen any advertising that reflects being targetted at the market you think they are. Haven’t seen any “nerd” out themes, anywhere. Now, your “good paying jobs and solid tax base” argument; that already exists in the private stores. This is not a good site to promote unions; nobody’s going to agree with you on that here. But the real problem is accessibility. They’d need at least 10 times those numbers in order to have any actual effect on overall usage and purchases. 150 stores in the whole province? You’d need half of them in Kensington alone. If the goal is to take the market away from the black, or “non-government” supply, this would have to be significantly larger in order for it to even qualify as a joke. As it is, the impact will be almost non-noticed in the “criminal” world. The only users who will buy from them are the ones who happen to live around the corner. Everyone else will just continue to buy from whomever they have already. Smart people just grow their own.
commented 2017-09-17 01:14:20 -0400
Gov’t liquor store type control and distribution will include providing good paying jobs and a solid tax base. But more importantly, it will take away the “cache” that is pushed by the corner pot stores. The private outlets advertise to the young with cool names, signs, cartoons, and proliferating the “you’re a nerd if you don’t toke” attitude.
Those that say the street dealers will still prosper don’t understand the prevalence in Canadians to buy “legal” even if it costs a few bucks more in sin taxes (but not a lot).
commented 2017-09-17 00:26:13 -0400
I agree with the cute nerd in the George Costanza shirt, no vice indulged in by a consenting adult should be any of the government’s business. They ruin every enterprise they touch with remarkable inefficiencies, Wanda Orion hit the nail on the head.
commented 2017-09-16 19:22:34 -0400
Lets get the CBC to run it.
commented 2017-09-16 19:01:29 -0400
This is like asking if you trusted a monopoly like Monsanto with the world food seed bank – but I doubt Millennials have the intellect to think much about either – pass the bong and the selfie stick bro.
commented 2017-09-16 13:16:25 -0400
What could possibly go wrong? Hmmm…where to begin. I see a gargantuan weed bureaucracy filled with Liberal Party-connected Executive Directors, Managers of managers, Vice Presidents of strategic this ‘n that and an army of support staff with everyone ensconced in plush offices in Weed Central with robust expense accounts, designing glossy magazines filled with the latest in bongs and rolling papers and a lot of travel to weed conferences in exotic locales. Yes, yes the LCBO will do retailing but we can’t pass up the opportunity to grow the bureaucracy. I envision a new government agency called Toketario or WeedON or something cheesey like that.

As some have pointed out this venture will fall flat because it won’t be able to compete with organized crime whose efficient supply chains and vast network of dealers will offer lower prices, 24/7 delivery and one stop shopping for those interested in other substances. That will not however put official weed bureaucracy out of business because government bureaucracies are immune for the discipline of the market. Look for organized crime to infiltrate the Toketario organization eventually because, even if the tax haul isn’t as large as anticipated there will still be plenty to steal.
commented 2017-09-16 11:22:49 -0400
Like everything the Liberals do, this marijuana scheme is just another way they will rake in gross amounts of our money with another tax, create numerous levels of regulations, and ensure their “connected ones” get rich. Wasn’t it Trudeau’s old man that said there is no tax the Liberals do not love.?
commented 2017-09-16 02:34:18 -0400
Daryl Herman you got that right, only well to do people can afford legal weed. And imagine the added taxes here in Canada and Ontario?
commented 2017-09-15 22:30:21 -0400
and when these dope heads buy the weaker stuff sold by the govt, they’ll go back to their dealers to get the powerful stuff they’re smoking now.
As Tammie said, they will be poorly disappointed.
As for 20 years ago; 20 years ago the weed was much weaker than it is today.
And it can cause anxiety, so not so good to take it.
commented 2017-09-15 20:57:27 -0400
@ Muta Ween commented 6 hours ago
Why don’t we just drug the public water utilities so we can all be high?

That is already happening – has been for years with fluoride – it’s affects are being constantly debated – and in taking into consideration some of the threats being made by Islamist dogs – poisons are possible. But after studying MK-Ultra scheming, it would not surprise me in the least.
The following is a link to another dangerous & life altering poison:
Worth watching whole thing – just don’t do it a 2 AM – or you may have a coronary.
commented 2017-09-15 19:24:25 -0400
Those who voted Trudeau because of his cannabis promise, will be sorely disappointed!
commented 2017-09-15 14:54:45 -0400
Why don’t we just drug the public water utilities so we can all be high?
commented 2017-09-15 13:24:09 -0400
This is the kind of logic that Libtarded people use when indulging indiscriminately. & as the TruDopian leader – math / logic skills aren’t enhanced when they weren’t there in the 1st place. Pretty evident in taxation exercise on Small Business & Farmers.
Lunatics should not be allowed use of any drugs! – except for a self induced lead pill.
commented 2017-09-15 13:16:38 -0400
What could possibly go wrong?! Already in some states – black market is under pricing legal weed. Hard to collect taxes when product not sold. LMFAO!