Pot Plan Will Keep The Black Market Running, Dispensary Manager Tells Premier Wynne

Article by Samantha Craggs, CBC News

"Forty stores is not going to undercut the black market," Vikki Smythe, location manager of a medical marijuana dispensary, told Kathleen Wynne. "It’s just going to shove people right back in." (Samantha Craggs/CBC) Pot plan will keep the black market running, dispensary manager tells Premier Wynne '40 stores is just the beginning,' Wynne told a dispensary manager, 'and I think you know that' By Samantha Craggs, CBC News

The manager of a recently raided Hamilton cannabis dispensary faced off with Premier Kathleen Wynne Tuesday to say Ontario’s legalization plan is inadequate and won’t stamp out the black market.

Vikki Smythe, 24, told Wynne at a town hall that people will keep using dealers because the Ontario Liberal plan isn’t enough to meet demand.

Wynne’s government plans to sell pot through the LCBO when it becomes legal this summer, starting with 40 stores in the first year. Smythe said one store for Hamilton isn’t enough when there are dozens of dispensaries.


“Forty stores is not going to undercut the black market. It’s just going to shove people right back in,” said Smythe, who is location manager for a medical marijuana dispensary.

“Forty stores is just the beginning and I think you know that,” Wynne said.

“There’s 48 stores in Hamilton, ma’am, and you’re proposing one,” Smythe said. “That’s unrealistic as someone who sees the numbers.”

“We are working to make sure this is done in a safe and reasonable way,” Wynne responded. “That’s why the plan that we’ve put in place is the one we’re going to go forward with.”

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