Manitoba government to hire minors to crack down on illegal pot, liquor sales to youth

Manitoba is looking at amending legislation around liquor and cannabis delivery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation with the goal of providing safer liquor and cannabis delivery.

The legislation, announced by Justice Minister Cliff Cullen on Friday, would establish a new licence category to ensure that those products aren’t delivered to minors or intoxicated people.

“With continued growth in the delivery industry, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we want to make sure that liquor and cannabis products are delivered safely and responsibly,” said Cullen.

“With some children not in school and regular after-school activities disrupted, it is even more critical to ensure that age-restricted products like cannabis and liquor do not fall into the hands of young people.”

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Cullen said the proposed legislation would set up requirements for third-party delivery companies and redefine the liability for safe delivery of regulated products.

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The legislation would also allow for minors to be hired under the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act (LGCA) in order to test licensees’ compliance with underage sales laws by trying to buy liquor and pot at Manitoba stores.

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