LCBO To Sell Marijuana OPSEU President Warren Smokey Thomas Says

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LCBO To Sell Marijuana OPSEU President Warren Smokey Thomas Says

LCBO To Sell Marijuana OPSEU President Warren Smokey Thomas Says

LCBO To Sell Marijuana OPSEU President Warren Smokey Thomas Says

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[Warren “Smokey” Thomas (OPSEU President):] Source: LYBIO.net
Marijuana is currently a drug that’s currently illegal. They’re gonna legalize it, we don’t know from a societal point of view just how it’s gonna be taken up. If you go to some other jurisdictions where its legal, its very difficult to get into the store, let one person in the store at a time to buy it.

Uh… so here in Ontario we just simply believe that the LCBO already sells a drug called ‘alcohol’ – alcohol is a drug and that was the deal with society way way back when prohibition ended to sell it in a controlled way. So we just think it’s logical and safe for everybody to apply that logic to marijuana and sell it through the LCBO.

Or you know, a store within the LCBO or the LCBO runs something to sell it with.

But we just like the idea of the control and people that know what they’re doing.

We think the LCBO should sell through the LCBO

A) protect youth.

Canadian Medical Association – doctors say the age should be 21, I think somewhere between 21 and 25.

My background is Mental Health, I worked in a “psych hospital” my whole life, I’ve seen the effects of drugs in young people, I’ve seen the effects of pot in young people.

When they say: “Honest to god, I only smoked a joint!”, and it caused a psychotic break.

So I’ve seen these things first hand.

So if you really wanna – if you’re going to legalize it there will be an opportunity for more people to try it.

We didn’t have a serious gambling problem in Ontario until they created casinos, now, I bet you each and everyone of us in this room knows somebody that’s lost their house, their pension, their savings, everything else, they’re going to the casino thinking they got it figured out, and gonna win.

What we believe is when we introduce pot and legalize it, there will people [trying] it but we wanna see is – and this is partly what we believe is our social responsibility as taxpayers, as a Union that actually cares about this stuff, is that it be done safely to reduce the negative effects as much as possible.

There will still be downsides, I’m absolutely convinced of that, there is anywhere in the world where you take a drug and you don’t know how an individual is going to react to it, and if you wanna – and we believe that legalizing it, controlling it, will knock out the criminal element. So we believe that the pricing, the price points gotta be that sweet spot between making enough to actually pay for selling it, legalizing and all the costs associated with and still not be you know – make it cheap enough so the criminal can’t take advantage —

When cigarettes were really high, illegal cigarettes skyrocketed, right?

[Warren “Smokey” Thomas (OPSEU President):] Source: LYBIO.net
Parents should be able to send their kids to the store to pick up a carton of milk without them running into a pot display.

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