April 14, 2017 5:00 am
Updated: April 24, 2017 10:52 am

Commentary: Is pot just another cash cow for Ontario?

The federal government introduced its marijuana legislation on April 13, 2017 – how will the Ontario government deal with the new laws?


The federal government has made the first major change in drug laws since the days of Prohibition.

Canada will now become the first G7 country to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana nationwide.

READ MORE: Federal legislation on legalizing marijuana unveiled

We didn’t learn much more from the announcement yesterday than we already expected — penalties are stiff for not playing by the rules.

The real story is how each individual province will handle distribution.

Ontario already has some of the most archaic liquor laws in the country — is there any reason to think this will be any different?

I’m not sure most have a problem with that.

READ MORE: Here’s how you will buy pot once it’s legalized in Canada

What I’m concerned about is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, nosediving in the polls and desperate for cash.

Will her government use pot as merely another form of revenue generation, as they have with your hydro bill, again forgetting about Ontarians’ best interests?

I guess their track record speaks for itself.


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