Globe Editorial: The Ford Government Gets it Right on Cannabis Sales

Article by The Globe and Mail

Globe editorial: The Ford government gets it right on cannabis sales

Doug Ford, of course, knows a thing or two about private-sector cannabis sales.

Ontario’s new premier was a mid-level hash dealer in 1980s Etobicoke, then a suburb of Toronto, The Globe and Mail has reported. (Mr. Ford denies it.)

But if Premier Ford’s understanding of the cannabis market has its roots in a misspent youth, the legal weed regime he plans to implement, according to another Globe report this week, will bear little resemblance to the drive-thru drug bazaars of Reagan-era suburbia.

Rather, Mr. Ford seems to be proposing a responsible and intelligent framework for the retailing of pot. According to its leaked plans, the province will license private businesses to sell cannabis in bricks-and-mortar shops. That’s a departure from the previous Liberal government’s plan to sell the drug only at government-run Ontario Cannabis Store outlets.

We welcome the change. The government-only approach was condescending, impractical and self-defeating. It said to Ontarians that a substance about 40 per cent of them have used, and which is less harmful than cigarettes or booze, was nevertheless too dangerous for them to purchase at a private store.

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