Article by Carmela Fragomeni, The Hamilton Spectator
The Ontario government’s move to distribute and sell marijuana in LCBO-type stores when it becomes legal — and to shut down illegal pot shops — has stunned Hamilton’s pot shop owners, says Conrad Floyd, of the Hamilton Village Dispensary collective.
“Hamilton has 30 shops … We have created this entire industry and now the government is going to take it over,” he said.
“Everybody is just kind of shell-shocked.”
Floyd argues that not only is the private businessman and entrepreneur losing out, but so is the city of Hamilton when it comes to taxes collected at the government-run stores.
“The tax money (generated by pot stores) needs to go back to Hamilton, not the province.”
It’s easy to see why the shop owners are upset, although others contacted by The Spectator did not wish to comment.