E-commerce is the solution to an age old problem in Canada; how to share the bounty and the harvest across the country, and across heavily regulated provincial borders.
“The biggest change since prohibition”
Today, Kathleen Wynne, the premier of Ontario, along with Christy Clark of British Columbia, and Philippe Couillard of the province of Quebec, announced that access to wine and alcohol from these provinces would be opened up by way of an e-commerce site.
Wynne described it as “the biggest change since prohibition” and said people will be able to go to the LCBO website to see what’s available and place their orders.
“We have not freed the grapes completely,” B.C. Premier Christy Clark told reporters. “But this has unshackled them.”
We’ll look into the details of this development, what it may mean for the other provinces, and what else came out of this recent meeting of the Council of the Federation.
Meanwhile, Premier Wynne, had said before she left for the meetings in Whitehorse, Yukon, that she wanted to hear her provincial colleague’s views, on the planned decriminilazation of marijuana in Canada.
In fulfillment of an election promise, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan to head a task force of legal and medical experts in consultation with the provinces, municipalities, and Canadians. Their report is expected in November, with a view to new legislation in 2017.
In Ontario, 12 provincial departments are working on Ontario’s marijuana policy.