Article by Fil Martino, City News
A new survey shows many Ontarians rank the LCBO as their top choice for where legalized marijuana should be sold.
The Nanos poll was conducted for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) which represents LCBO workers.
The survey found more than 40 per cent of Ontarians support legalizing the sale of marijuana in Canada and if it’s going to be sold recreationally, over 40 per cent think it should be sold at LCBO stores.
OPSEU president Warren “Smokey” Thomas agrees with the findings and believes recreational marijuana should be sold at the LCBO.
“The LCBO already sells a drug called alcohol, alcohol is a drug, and that was the deal with society way, way back when prohibition ended, was to sell it in a controlled way. So we just think it’s logical and safe for everybody to apply that logic to marijuana and sell it through the LCBO,” he said.
The poll found that an overwhelming majority of Ontarians (93 per cent) support or somewhat support requiring ID checks to purchase marijuana, and nearly three in 10 (29 per cent) feel that keeping marijuana away from minors should be the government’s number one priority when it comes to controlling sales.