11/21/2015 02:26 EST | Updated 10/12/2018 01:40 EDT

Union Head Calls For Marijuana Sales Through LCBO

"There would not be any need to reinvent the wheel."

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Marijuana should be sold in LCBO stores if Ottawa goes ahead with plans to legalize the drug, according to the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ontario liquor stores are already well-equipped to handle marijuana sales responsibly and safely.

"There would not be any need to reinvent the wheel," Thomas told CBC News.

"For one thing they have the social responsibility part covered — they do age checks, they do refusals if somebody's intoxicated."

Thomas also cited the liquor retailer's "very secure" warehouse and distribution system.

OPSEU represents all non-management employees at the LCBO. He says adding marijuana to LCBO shelves would probably improve job security, but he doubts it would create extra jobs.


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