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Pubdate: Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2017 The Calgary Sun
Page: 14


Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run

Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta
liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal
it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine.
It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating
experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk
about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those
two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and
better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax
portion aside, of course.

Now, with the province weighing how to sell marijuana following
legalization next July 1, we urge them to stay out of the business of
business. We've been there and done that. leave the government
interference, meddling and over-control to Ontario.

While we fully appreciate the overwhelming concern is minors having
access to pot, we strongly believe our laws, rules and regulations are

Minors cannot legally buy alcohol and any retailer or establishment
that knowingly or carelessly sells booze to a kid will risk charges,
fines or suspension of its licence. Deservedly so, we say. That's just
bad business. Marijuana retailers will be held to those same high
standards and Albertans really have no reason to doubt compliance. We
have faith in the system because it works. Sure, teens will get their
hands on booze, as they already do, and some will get their hands on
pot, again as they already do.

Where there's demand, there's always supply - shady people will always
find a way to do shady, illegal things.

But if there's one thing our history has shown, government is not good
at business.

We truly appreciate the fact this is uncharted waters for all levels
of government and authority.

We also appreciate what a delicate balancing act the legalization of
marijuana must be for those tasked with making the rules.

We applaud the legal age of 18 for Alberta, as we had earlier

We're somewhat surprised at the mimicking of tobacco regulations as
far as where you can and can't spark up.

And we're OK with the decision to go with stand-alone

Now we urge Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley to let business people do
what they do best.
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