Private retailers to sell cannabis in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan government says the sale of legal cannabis will be handled by the private sector with government oversight but it’s still mulling over a minimum age of consumption.
Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, says the authority will issue about 60 retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities.
Makowsky said the government opted to let the private sector handle sales because it would have been too costly for the government.
“The cost associated with running a public entity would be quite substantial,” he said Monday. “Those tens of millions of dollars that would be required upfront, I’d rather see those go to schools and highways and roads in our province.”
Permits will initially go to places with populations of at least 2,500. Larger communities will be allocated additional permits. Retailers will have to pass a “good character” test similar to that required for the sale of alcohol, Makowsky said.
Eligible First Nations and municipalities will have the option to opt out of having a retail cannabis store.
“This is the respectful way to go.” – Canadian Press
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….”The cost associated with running a public entity would be quite substantial,” he said Monday. “Those tens of millions of dollars that would be required upfront, I’d rather see those go to schools and highways and roads in our province.”….
Apparently, the Ontario Government did not share Saskatchewan’s concern over spending provincial cash building a marijuana retail chain from scratch.
I agree that letting the private sector sell marijuana is the way to go. Let the private sector grow the stuff. Let the private sector sell the stuff. Let the government monitor the grow ops and shops. Let the government tax the sales.
The Ontario government is definitely a socialist government. Socialist governments are doomed to failure. The cost of running such a government is too high.