Article by David Brown, Lift News
In tonight’s British Columbia provincial leaders election debate, Premier Christie Clark criticized NDP leader John Horgan over his desire to see cannabis potentially sold in liquor stores, suggesting influence from the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU).
“He’s taken over $100,000 from the BCGEU and now he suddenly wants to put marijuana in our liquor stores, despite the fact that no one in North America is doing that.” said the BC Premier and BC Liberal Party leader in a passing comment about undue union influence within the NDP.
The BCGEU is a trade union in British Columbia, Canada that represents over 70,000 members. The BCGEU and the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association announced a partnership for distribution and sale of non-medical marijuana in late 2015.
“B.C. needs to ensure that non-medical marijuana is retailed in the most socially responsible way possible,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith at the time. “Liquor stores provide the most strictly controlled system for accessing a controlled substance, and are best suited for the retailing of non-medical marijuana. We have an effective warehousing, retail and distribution system in place. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.”