Concerned about the potential legalizing of marijuana, Ontario is looking for more concrete direction from Ottawa on regulations.
The Federal Liberals promised to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” during this month’s throne speech, and that has Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne wondering about the distinctions between medicinal and recreational marijuana.
Wynne has suggested that such a project may be suited for the LCBO. The Premier says pot should be a controlled substance, and Ontario’s government liquor stores are likely best suited to being a retailer.
Several dispensaries and clinics are opening across the country , with the bulk of them in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. PM Justin Trudeau has gone on the record promising the creation of a task force which would ask experts in public health, substance abuse, and security on the best practices in selling and distributing pot.
Trudeau has been pushing for tax proceeds from the sale to support initiatives like addiction treatment, mental health, and education.
BC’s Government and Service Employees’ Union along with the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association have united to call for legal marijuana to be sold through private and government-run stores.
There’s no clear timeline for when the federal government will move forward on the marijuana plan.