Written by Will Campbell for Global News.
The possible sale of pot in LCBO stores has bureaucrats trying to make sense of the hazy marijuana business, taking notes on weed’s funky street names and tamping down any government hopes of a cash crop on the scale of booze, documents show.
Internal slides obtained by Global News through freedom of information show the state liquor giant pondering a range of issues surrounding weed retailing as the drug goes from black market to legit commodity under the Trudeau government’s legalization drive.
While it’s still an open question as to how buyers will get their hands on recreational pot, Premier Kathleen Wynne and her finance minister have repeatedly called for it to be sold exclusively in LCBO stores.
Although Wynne in recent weeks has wavered on that position, she still sees the LCBO as having a hand in the pot trade.
And so sober-minded bureaucrats with the alcohol seller are getting ready to possibly expand into another transformative substance once shackled by prohibition.