Ontario to create cannabis control board, open up to 60 storefronts

LCBO – anyone else remember filling out the little order form and approaching the desk clerk to receive your liquor? So East Bloc, but here in Ontario.

The Ontario government will announce Friday that it will create a cannabis control board and open up to 60 storefronts to manage the sale and distribution of marijuana in the province, CBC News has learned.

The plans include restricting marijuana sales to those 19 and older, a year above the minimum age recommended by the federal government’s cannabis task force report in December.

The 30 to 60 stores selling marijuana to the public will not be housed inside existing LCBO stores as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne had previously suggested.

Illegal pot shops in Ontario would be shut down over the next 12 months

This tax grab will not slow down the dealers one bit, they will retail far better/potent product at cheaper prices.

  • tom_billesley

    Shouldn’t it be the Cannabis Retail Board?
    The pot shops will be raided for their stock.

  • ontario john

    Casinos, lotteries, booze, horse racing, and now drugs. That’s quite the racket Wynne has going.

    • WalterBannon

      don’t forget her protection racket

      wait till the opp starts kicking down doors at 3 am like the Alberta RCMP to confiscate guns, or like the UK gestapo to arrest people for posting incorrect thinking on facebook

  • favill

    How exactly does one differentiate between government sold marijuana and dealer-bought marijuana? And how hard would it be for the “entrepreneurs” to counterfeit any type of “official government packaging”? (at least at cursory glance)

    • tom_billesley

      Mix phenolphthalein with the government stuff. That’ll keep the users regular.

    • Cat-astrophe

      Once the money starts rolling in, who cares??

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        There won’t be any money, that’s the whole point.
        The market already serves it’s customers.
        Very well.

    • CaligulaJones

      Forget the packaging: how can they differentiate between what I grow myself and dealer-bought?

      What, they gonna check into everyone’s backyard or basement? Pull up pot plants growing beside tomato plants?

      I don’t think PM Twinkie and Wynner have thought this out…

  • john davis

    I’m sure announcements like this during the Liberal bribery trial is purely coincidental.

    • Are you suggesting an ulterior motive?

      • john davis

        No, I believe the Liberal Party of Ontario is always on the up and up.

  • Cat-astrophe

    “So East Bloc”

    Somehow they need to get a third ‘C’ in the acronym.

    Even if they have to make up the Reason.
    Like: “Cannabis Control Commision Ontario”
    or: CCCO….

  • Clink9

    Of course Zoolander will be opting for the home delivery.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I have to drive a mile or two to get my government sanctioned beer or spirits.
      My kids can sit in the garage and order dope on their phones.

      • Clink9

        Our old babysitter did that years ago. Zzzap went her potential career in law enforcement!

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I don’t think my kids want to pursue that career option.
          They aren’t legal, yet.

          Off topic.
          My wife bought me these really thick socks because it gets so cold up here in the winter.
          And I wear them in the summer, too, because they keep the bugs off my ankles.
          It’s awesome.

  • marty_p

    Civil Servants to sell the Pot, Civil Servants to process the tax revenue from the sale of Pot – just what we need – more Civil Servants.

    • WalterBannon

      comrade wynne is creating jobs, for her cronies

  • WalterBannon

    keeping the public stoned and drunk is good for comrade wynne

    making money off their misery is even better

    • CodexCoder

      The day is coming, and it is not far off, where lending institutions will refuse Ontario any more credit, and it won’t matter how stoned, or drunk the public is or is not. When the government can’t pay its snivel servants, there will be a hew and cry of epic proportions and change will occur whether liberals like it or not.

      We have been fat, happy, uncaring and lax for too long.

      • Jaedo Drax

        As long as Turd eau is in power in ottawa, they still have the BoC and teh treasury to borrow from, and I’m sure the CPP is still buying ontario bonds.

  • ontario john

    Expect dope shacks to pop up on indian reservations. Its their cultural right to sell smokes of any kind.

  • Clink9

    I remember going into those old LCBO stores as a kid with my dad.
    Tables with paper pads and pencils to write down your dirty little order.

    Then hand it to the guy in white shirt that went into the back and wraps it up in brown paper. What a cheesy experience.

    • It was easier to buy porn. Not that I ever did of course.

      • shasta

        I never bought porn, being under age, but it did seem to find its way under my coat a lot; couldn’t say how.

    • Waffle

      Me too! My mom used to send me to pick up a bottle of Manishevitz.

    • shasta

      They never bothered me, and if I am recalling correctly I usually found and received what I wanted faster. Terrible selection though, compared to today.

    • John

      Yeah, I used to go with my dad over Christmas because he needed help carrying all the booze various family members would consume.

  • andycanuck

    And I’m sure there will be no links between officially-sanctioned growers and the federal and provincial Liberal parties. None, I’m sure.

    • Goodness no!

      • Jaedo Drax

        Isn’t Slitherman behind one of the grow op companies?

  • Waffle

    A little musical accompaniment:


  • Tooth&Claw

    If anything, this will become a disincentive to purchase. Who wants to pay for the fabrication of their own chains?

  • CaligulaJones

    As Fred Eaglesmith says (go find his stuff, he’s great), Ontario is still run by Presbyterians, booze-wise.

  • Gary

    The LCBO came about by the Prohibition hoax in the USA that was caused by Standard Oil wanting to kill FORD’s flex-fuel Model T that could run on bio fuel
    made on the farm.

    The Kennedy’s got some of their wealth when Daddy Joseph was a rum-runner from Nantucket going to Canada for the booze and bringing it back to sell.
    The wooden cases with the bottles in them had salt poured in to weight them down , this was so that when the Coast Guard was coming the cases were tossed overboard to sink.
    Once Kennedy’s Yacht was inspected and cleared….he would wait for the salt to dissolve into the water and then the buoyant Wood and air in the bottles would have them pop up on the surface where he’d recover them .

    The LCBO doesn’t even follow its own policy. They claim that they keep the prices high to prevent addiction and do NOT put the stores in areas with a low income to exploit the poor or youth.
    But about 7 years ago they opened up a huge store just South of Bloor at Dundas west which has the property line right by the Local High School that already has a problem with illegals cigarettes .
    The area of Parkdale is partially shared with High Park during the elections. The LCBO has beggars outside and it attracts the low income welfare people that split a bottle because the LLBO forces the bar to charge so much for beer that the Liquor is the best by for a quick drunk .

    For 15 years now , the Liberals have lost money every year to run up massive deficits and add $160 billion to the debt.
    Toronto loses money on everything it touches.

    Will these clowns be any different with pot where the Administration budget will be 30% high than the revenues while employees and exec’s get huge Bonus checks . Liberals will respond by more spending improve access and increase sales.