Article byGlobal News
The Manitoba government is reaching out to the public to gauge interest on growing and selling marijuana once it’s legalized.
On Thursday the justice department said it had issued an expression of interest (EOI) for possible participants in a legalized cannabis industry.
For the first time, the Pallister government saying it’s considering the option of allowing private retailers to sell pot.
“No options are off the table right now. We are opening this up to get more ideas about how to do this,” Justice Minister, Heather Stefanson said.
This would include production, distribution and retail of marijuana.
This is a process the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union says provincial liquor stores are already set up for.
Michelle Gawronsky is the President of MGEU and she said why go to private retailers when the staff at liquor stores are trained and could be in a similar set up to a liquor store to safely sell weed.
“If someone is under the influence, people are trained to be able to spot that, the way they are with liquor now,” Gawronsky said.