Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Ford wants consultations on cannabis sales

Doug Ford loves subways so much he's vowing to build them to Pickering, Markham Subway lines to Pickering, Markham, in the long-term, says Doug Ford
Cary Marshall | 23 June, 2018, 19:11

The Liberals had set it up so that the province would have a complete monopoly on selling recreational pot with their own stores. "Mr. Ford's confusing proclamation (Thursday) that he will build subways everywhere in Ontario is not a real plan to invest in the services that everyday families need, and it undermines real transit plans and priorities".

Doug Ford, who was elected this month, had previously suggested he would be open to greater privatization of marijuana sales.

"We are now in the midst of a transition process, and we will have more to say once we form government", said Ford's director of communications, Jeff Silverstein.

In hindsight, the PC Party should have been more open and transparent about its plans-even if its plans are to keep the current system of student loans in place. His most concrete pledge was not to allow cannabis stores beside schools, a rule that is already on the province's books.

"What I said is I'd be focusing on the LCBO". So I'm going to work closely with the police. "We're going to tread carefully on this and we're going to consult with the local municipalities and we're going to make a decision after we talk to caucus". How dramatically he will change course, if he chooses to, is the key question. However, this may be an early indication the solar industry is expecting to do less business in Ontario. The agency put out a call for potential marijuana suppliers to submit bids with a deadline of May 2.

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"Ontario will be ready for legalization", said ministry spokesperson Scott Blodgett in an email.

The New Democrats, who had criticized the Liberal plan for what they deemed to be an insufficient number of stores, said the premier-designate "needs to show Ontario a plan that fixes the one (former Liberal leader) Kathleen Wynne messed up". "The new provincial government will determine how to proceed once it is sworn in".

On Wednesday, CityNews asked Ford about his stance on how legal pot should be sold. He predicts Ontario will launch marijuana sales with the government-controlled model but expand to a hybrid model, as is planned in British Columbia and Newfoundland.

Keith Brooks, programs director of the advocacy group Environmental Defence, said the loss of these initiatives is another hit to the fight against climate change, and noted that what happens in Ontario affects Canada's ability to meet its commitments when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"This is going to be an ongoing evolution and it's going to be worth watching", said Linton.

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