Majority of residents in the Canadian province of Ontario oppose to the government’s plan to monopolize marijuana sales.
Before the federal government fully legalizes the drug next year, the province has already made some plans regarding how it will regulate and dispense the substance. Now, residents in the province are divided on the matter.
After the Ontario government announced that will take charge of cannabis sales via the Cannabis Control Board of Ontario (CCBO), prohibiting any forms of private sales, majority of the people expressed their disappointment of the decision.
“The government banning private sector cannabis stores is a move that not only limits consumer choice but also enables black market sales,” the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC) reps said in a statement.
North American Affairs Director for the CCC backs this up by saying that ”Ontarians have already made it clear that they don’t want government run stores controlling the sale of legal cannabis. The move to create a cannabis control board will simply replicate the existing issues we see with the LCBO and alcohol. The province should embrace private retail and the wants of consumers.”
Backed by figures
Per a survey conducted by Nanos Research, 32 percent support and 23 percent somewhat support private retail of cannabis.
On the other hand, 31 percent of Ontario residents oppose while 9 percent somewhat oppose to private sale. Six percent of respondents said they are uncertain about the matter.
Per the same survey, it was found out that a good 45 percent of Ontario adults have utilized cannabis. That’s a significant chunk enough to motivate any investor – private or public to push for rights to sell.
It’s an interesting sight, given that Ontario is the first Canadian province to release a comprehensive plan to regulate marijuana. But opposed or not, one thing is clear – there will not be a shortage of demand in Ontario once pot finally becomes federally legal next year.