Alimentation Couche-Tard is lobbying the Quebec government to be able to sell cannabis in its corner stores.
Your agent is not crazy about legalizing cannabis anyway, but putting it in corner stores is asking for trouble. Parents don’t want their children exposed to cannabis usage on the way in to the store to buy a chocolate bar.
The solution for provinces with their own alcohol distribution system is to sell cannabis out of those safe, tightly controlled operations of adult patrons … liquor stores.
It will cut down on the neighbourhood fights to put cannabis sales in private locations near homes, schools and playgrounds with only spotty regard for age when buying grass.
The SAQ and LCBO are the perfect spots to sell cannabis, if it has to be sold at all (yes just what society needs … another legal intoxicant … hasn’t alcohol caused enough damage?)
The liquor stores are part of the community now … no new zoning fights, no outraged parents. Only people outside of the municipal sphere could be so uninformed about how communities work to suggest corner-store cannabis sales.
Community fights over locating private cannabis shops will be furious and will divide communities.
Mitigate the fight by putting grass sales in liquor stores.
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