Crown Corporation For Pot Sales ‘Reinventing The Wheel,’ Union Says

Article by CBC News

Crown corporation for pot sales 'reinventing the wheel,' union says N.B. government is forming a new entity to oversee the sale of recreational marijuana. The New Brunswick government says it has formed a new entity to oversee the sale of recreational marijuana use. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Creating a new Crown corporation to manage the sale of recreational pot in New Brunswick is reinventing the wheel, says the co-ordinator of the union representing NB Liquor employees.

The New Brunswick government said Friday that it has formed a new entity to oversee the sale of recreational marijuana use.

Denis Brun of CUPE Local 963 said he was disappointed by the decision, as the union felt this could easily be handled by NB Liquor within its existing infrastructure.

He said NB Liquor employees already know how to ensure products are sold to people of legal age and deal with other safety issues such as intoxicated customers.

“They already have the needed training to make sure they’re responsibly selling product to our citizens,” he said.

He added that it seemed wasteful to create a new arm of the government that would likely mean more bureaucracy and cost more money.

“If just a VP were to take care of that component within NB Liquor, that would have been sufficient,” he said.

“It’s just like we’re reinventing the wheel.”

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