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Cannabis goes private in Ontario

The largest province in Canada will go all-private for physical stores that sell cannabis. This is economically a good move because the private sector will move faster to fill demand. Also, this undercuts the bloated public sector and the labor unions that have become voting machines for the Liberals.

Recreational cannabis will be sold online in Ontario when legalized this fall and in private retail stores across the province early next year, the government announced Monday, reversing the previous administration's plan to distribute cannabis through publicly owned outlets.

[...] A government agency called the Ontario Cannabis Store will sell pot online once it is legalized on Oct. 17, and a "tightly regulated" private retail model will be in place by April 1, 2019. The OCS will also be the wholesaler to private retail stores, the government said.

Some people think that private retail means easy access for young teenagers:

"If privatization is meant that any store will be able to sell cannabis, then I would say that this is highly problematic given our experience with tobacco sales that are available 24 hours a day at every corner," he said.

Schwartz, who is also the executive director of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, said private companies have a "profit motive." Their goal is to sell as much as possible which could mean less adherence to regulations, such as ensuring customers are 19 and older, he said.

This logic is quite amusing. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that if the sale of cannabis was exclusively managed by the public sector, then there would be zero direct sales to underage customers. Note that each consumer can buy up to 30 grams of the product which is worth roughly $300.

What exactly is stopping a legal 19-years-old buyer from selling / sharing his marijuana with his 17 and 18 years old buddies? It's irrelevant how professional and angelic the sellers are. The young customers all across colleges and universities will be lighting up in October.


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