Article by Jasmine Moulton, Toronto Sun
Ontario’s new budget shows historic spending, but the government must tighten its belt in other areas to reduce the debt burden being passed on to the next generation.
One way to do this would be to strip the Ontario Cannabis Store’s (OCS) role down to that of a regulator and get the government out of the business of selling pot entirely. There’s no reason taxpayers should be paying for government bureaucrats to sell cannabis, and the government should not be competing against non-government licenced retailers.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he wanted a free market approach to the province’s retail cannabis industry before he was elected in 2018. “I don’t believe in the government sticking their hands in our lives all the time. I believe in letting the market dictate.”