They aren’t giving up.
“We feel that the report really is just sort of the beginning of the conversation, and not the end,” says Stephanie Smith, President of the BC Government and Service Employees Union, reacting to the Federal Task Force on Legalizing Marijuana recommending that recreational pot not be sold in liquor stores.
Smith say they agree with the Task Force recommendation that individual provinces be in charge of the actual regulations, in conjunction with municipalities.
“We still maintain that for British Columbia, the most cost-effective and socially responsible way to sell non-medical marijuana is throughout existing liquor store distribution and retail system.”
Yesterday longtime pot advocate and lawyer Kirk Tousaw told Jill Bennett on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW that he understands the union is acting in its own self-interest, but tying marijuana to alcohol is wrong because pot does not have any of the negative health and social consequences that alcohol does.
And he says the current pot shops represent an effective and experienced distribution system, and the new legal framework should make them legal.