Kathleen Wynne Not Ruling Out LCBO Having Role in Marijuana Sales

Article by Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is keeping an open mind about what — if any — role the Liquor Control Board of Ontario will have in the recreational marijuana business.

In her first public statement since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal task force on legalization released its recommendations Tuesday, Wynne was noncommittal when asked about the LCBO’s involvement in cannabis sales.

“I really believe that this is all in process and I think it’s good that we’re starting to hear some directional information from the federal government,” she told reporters in Montreal after a meeting with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

“But we’re going to let this play out and then we’ll engage with the federal government on next steps in our individual jurisdictions.”

While Wynne had mused about the province’s booze monopoly selling marijuana in its 650 stores alongside wine, beer, and spirits, she has come to the conclusion that’s not a good idea.

“It may not even be sold out of the LCBO. Because I’ve had people say to me we don’t want to have marijuana and alcohol sold out of the same places,” she told the Star in July, pointing out the government agency could instead be involved in “regulation and distribution and monitoring it in some way.”

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