Article by Ottawa Sun
The Ontario Cannabis Store – which will be a government operation – should stay out of the marijuana accessory market.
The current plan is for all marijuana, once legalized, to be sold through these provincial pot shops. And nowhere else. That’s because the nanny state feels only it can control for buyers’ safety and security.
But if you want to purchase a bong or rolling papers, you can do that privately. There are already innumerable “head shops” in Ontario cities.
Yet the Ontario Cannabis Store has put out a call for accessory providers. Presumably the OCS intends to stock such items in its stores.
The OCS shouldn’t muscle in on the private market.
Legitimate private businesses employ other Ontarians; they pay taxes; they’ve fought to establish themselves.
If the OCS decides to offer competing products, it could be forcing hardworking Ontarians out of business and out of work.
“It is immensely unfair to have to compete against a taxpayer-backed monopoly,” Ryan Mallough, a senior policy analyst for Ontario with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, told the Sun on the weekend.