The question of the day is, how many times can Ontarians say they want dispensaries before the government starts listening?
As Canada walks the path toward legalization, each province is deciding how legal cannabis should be sold. The Ontario Provincial Government has gone on record showing their interest in having marijuana in government-controlled liquor stores such as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
Yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory sent out an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne. As part of the letter, Tory stated that he is against dispensaries in various residential and commercial areas in Canada’s largest city.
“I have made it clear that while I support the legalization of marijuana, I do not think the people of Toronto would support the future widespread location of outlets for the sale of marijuana in residential neighborhoods or in certain retail areas,” said Tory.
Tory clearly has not seen the recent study published in the Journal of Economics that shows the forced closure of cannabis retail facilities is directly associated with an increase in the local crime rate.
Despite the Ontario Government’s trepidation over privately-owned…