Outside Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee, June 27, 2016
10:12 a.m., June 27, 2016. Marijuana advocates yell “shame” at Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who moved a motion to defer consideration of licensing dispensaries this week. (Trouble playing? Watch on Vimeo)
Don’t lose your shirt over wacky tobacky. The municipal licensing and standards committee decided to cut their day short on Monday, when they moved to hold off consideration of how the city would license marijuana dispensaries. Upheld by almost every member of the committee, the rationale was discussion would be fruitless with no federal or provincial legislation in place, despite the mayor’s earlier request that the committee look into the issue. One upset advocate could even be heard saying to Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti “you’re killing people, and you’re driving it back into the underground economy”. Michael Price McLellan (representing Toronto Dispensaries Coalition) told reporters that people are upset because they want to contribute to the conversation about legislation. Councillor Jim Karygiannis said the lack of medical licensing is affecting the entire industry, and that big pot producers are being undercut by the distributors. “When you sell retail you make more money than when you sell wholesale. The Costcos of the world don’t want to be taken away by the mom-and-pop shop.” On Thursday, the federal government announced they plan to table law in the spring of 2017. Monique Muise’s report on globalnews.ca includes video of the press conference.