Brock Professor Says Private Pot Shops Have Their Advantages

Article by Rachel Emmanuel, St. Catharines Standard via The Star

Brock professor says private pot shops have their advantages By RACHEL EMMANUELThe St. Catharines Standard

The provincial government’s plan to legalize marijuana could change to include privatized sales.

It’s been reported that Conservative Premier Doug Ford plans to extend marijuana sales to private business owners. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government had planned to limit sales to Ontario cannabis stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

According to Michael Armstrong, a Brock Goodman School of Business professor, privatized sales could help reduce illicit marijuana sales.
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Armstrong said the current plan to sell marijuana through provincial stores will not meet demand.
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The 40 retail stores planned to open for the Oct. 17 legalization of marijuana is comparable to the number of Costcos in Ontario, he said.
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“There’s one in every major centre, but they’re not really convenient for consumers,” Armstrong said. “It’s a planned shopping trip.”
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Even if the planned full complement of 150 Ontario stores are opened in 2020, Armstrong still doesn’t think it would be enough.
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“That’s a little more available, but still not all that convenient,” he said.

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