QUEEN’S PARK – Taras Natyshak, Ontario NDP Community Safety and Corrections Critic, issued the following statement:
“Today’s list of 14 communities slated for retail cannabis locations together with Kathleen Wynne’s cannabis bill is a really disappointing package, and it leaves Ontarians with many more questions than answers.
40 retail locations cannot possibly serve the demand in a province the size of Ontario. By failing to locate retail outlets in places like Niagara, Brantford, Peterborough, Cornwall, Sarnia, and North Bay and leaving large communities like Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa underserved, it’s clear that Kathleen Wynne doesn’t get it. By severely restricting retail access to cannabis, her plan won’t put a dent in organized crime or stop the flow of unregulated cannabis to the market.
And this announcement makes it obvious that she has once again failed to properly consult municipalities.
The new premier will have to clean up the mess Wynne made when she takes over in June.”