Article by Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
When the Ontario government opens The Cannabis Store (TCS), there’ll be no room for unlicensed marijuana store fronts and dispensaries.
Clint Thomas, director of communications for Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, said the government is at work on the launch of a cannabis retail and distribution system to meet the federal legalization timeline of Oct. 17, and that the government’s choice remains TCS.
“Ontario will be ready with a system in place that meets the objectives of protecting youth and eliminating the illegal market,” Thomas said.
While Ford earlier said he was open to the idea of a free market for pot sales but intended to consult with his caucus and stakeholders, his government is affirming that they will follow through with the existing plan to sell cannabis in a similar fashion to alcohol.
Warren “Smokey” Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) which represents LCBO workers, said he’d hoped that Ford would recognize that the former Liberal government got recreational cannabis plans right.