Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
Ontario’s recently elected Progressive Conservative government announced its plans to end the LCBO’s near-monopoly on alcohol sales in its throne speech last week.
That means beer and wine sales will be expanded to big box stores, grocery stores, and corner stores, which fulfills a major campaign promise that the Ford government has called a “show of respect for consumers”, according to Global News.
It’s great that Canada’s most populous province is finally bringing its alcohol laws in line with much of the country, but the same can’t be said about cannabis.
While Ontario is liberalizing its liquor laws after years of criticism and complaints against what many have called an “antiquated system“, there are no plans to similarly liberalize recreational cannabis sales when it becomes legal.
The provincial government will have complete control over cannabis- despite the fact that many of the criticisms lobbed against the LCBO can be made against Ontario Cannabis Stores, leaving consumers confused and with questions like:
- Where’s the respect for consumers when it comes to cannabis?
- Why can Doug Ford and his government trust the people to be responsible with alcohol but not cannabis?
- What’s with the double standard?