The idea of helping low income people is nice to read, but governments have to mine the taxpayer for cash. I have no issue with the cannabis legislation. I just hope that if Ford is elected, that he will dismantle the agencies Wynne created to advertise, sell and collect money from sales.
This link has Q&A put to Ford by the Ottawa morning show.
Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario
'I'm open to a free [cannabis] market and I'm going to consult with our caucus,' Ford says
- CBC News
Newly elected Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford says he'll cut taxes and repeal Ontario's sex education curriculum, and is open to a hands-off approach to cannabis once it's legalized.
"I don't believe in the government sticking their hands in our lives all the time. I believe in letting the market dictate," he told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning on Tuesday.
The former city councillor won the PC leadership race Saturday following a tumultuous convention sparked by the resignation of Patrick Brown, who left the party earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Brown entered the race briefly before bowing out.
In his first week of campaigning, Ford promised to repeal Ontario's sex-ed curriculum, cut the carbon tax and end provincial taxes for people making $30,000 or less a year.
The rest here.
Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario - Ottawa - CBC News
Doug Ford says that there is no need to sell cannabis at a brick and mortar, provincial government run stores similar to the LCBO. But the OPSEU union president called Ford's suggestion "stupid". I can understand Smokey Thomases (the union prez) reaction. If there are no cannabis stores, there won't be any union jobs.
I agree with Ford on this one. Let private business sell cannabis and alcohol. You can still have Ontario government inspectors check things out. Much like they presently do with cigarette sales.
The current Liberal plan to sell recreational cannabis is to establish government-run brick-and-mortar and online stores, in a fashion similar to the LCBO. It will be called the Ontario Cannabis Store.
It’s a model that Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas believes is the correct one.
Thomas was on CFRA’s News and Views with Rob Snow Tuesday, before Ford's interview, and had a blunt response when asked about Ford’s suggestion to other media that cannabis sales should be given over to the private sector.
“That’s stupid,” Thomas says. “Every expert in the field of addictions, harm reduction, public safety has come around to believe that Kathleen Wynne got it right. I look forward to the opportunity to convince [Ford] otherwise.”
The rest here.