A Waterloo expert is available to speak about Ontario's plan to sell cannabis at government-run stores
Scott Leatherdale - Applied Health Sciences
Scott Leatherdale is an associate professor in Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems. He is CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chair in Youth Health and principal investigator and the scientific lead for the COMPASS system (the world’s largest learning system focused on evidence-based programs and policies focused on youth health behaviour).
"Considering the well-established network of LCBO stores across the province, and the well-established policies LCBO staff follow with respect to age of majority and Smart Serve, I don’t understand why the government wants to build another stand-alone entity for cannabis sales to the public.
"Not only will the current plan be unnecessarily expensive to create and roll-out —especially when something as established as the LCBO already exists—but only providing 60 storefronts to cover the entire province of Ontario will likely help to maintain criminal activity. This seems like this is being made more difficult than it needs to be."
- Scott Leatherdale
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