Union says Ontario pot store employees will be ready for legalization amid doubts

Posted In: News Date:Sep 11th, 2017

The head of the union tapped to represent workers in Ontario cannabis stores says his members will be well-trained and ready to go by next July, the target date for federal legalization of recreational pot.

"Oh, we'll be ready for it, don't worry about that," said Warren "Smokey" Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents staff of the provincially owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

On Friday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario will allow the sale of recreational marijuana only from government-run stand-alone outlets — starting next summer with 40 shops and growing to about 150 by 2020 — as well as a government website. The LCBO will operate the stores and website using OPSEU members.   


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