The union representing LCBO employees says if Ottawa goes ahead with legalizing pot, they should be the ones to sell it.
OPSEU President Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas admits that it would bring job security to his members but also strongly believes it would be a socially responsible choice.
“Right now marijuana is an illicit drug, even when it’s legalized it’s still a drug. Alcohol’s a drug. So there needs to be some kind of legislative framework around how sales occur, where they occur, what’s the age, what products can be sold?”
Thomas notes that whether or not the LCBO is the one selling pot, there needs to be regulations in place.
“We don’t want the ‘Wild West’ of pot. If alcohol has a control measure to it, pot should too,” he begins.
“I know there are people out there that don’t like the LCBO but it does bring order to it. It does offer a level of protection for society. The LCBO labs test over 500,000 tests a year for purity in the alcohol, the imports they make, and the stuff they purchase. You could take that into the pot world.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during the election campaign that he wanted to legalize pot in an effort to restrict its access to children, reduce the drug market share of organized crime, and lessen the burden on the justice system.