Kingstonians react to Ontario’s new cannabis plans

Ontario’s plan to regulate the sale of cannabis once it is legalized is getting mixed reviews in the city of Kingston.

The province plans to open 150 stores with 80 in place by next summer.

The LCBO will oversee the new stores with workers to be represented by OPSEU.

“I would say, particularly to people working in dispensaries, they’re going to be hiring so throw your name in,” said Smokey Thomas the OPSEU President. “They’ll be a lot better paying jobs, you’ll have benefits, a pension. It’ll be run as a separate Crown Corporation run by the LCBO.”

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But some business owners are skeptical about the new plans.

“Right now the licensed producers are barely able to keep up with the medical market, there’s not a chance they’ll be able to keep up with the recreational market,” said Jennawae

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