Article by CBC News
The province’s largest union says the majority of Manitobans want marijuana sold in government-run stores if legalized.
The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union, which represents liquor store workers in the province, commissioned Probe Research to poll 1,000 people by phone on the subject.
Probe findings released Thursday found that 65 per cent of those surveyed say marijuana should be sold in government-run stores that aren’t attached to existing liquor stores.
Marijuana isn’t legal in Canada, but the federal government has said legislation to make it so will be ready in 2017.
”The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) urges the Government of Manitoba to proceed with a public model administered and operated by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries,” the MGEU introduction to the Probe study states.
“The risks to public health associated with easier access to non-medical marijuana are too great to leave the sale and distribution to the profit-driven private sector, and Manitobans agree.”