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All 25 Ontario pot shops won’t be ready to open April 1

One consumer advocacy group said stores not being ready to open in time exposes weaknesses in the government’s pot plan. “What this shows is that the lottery process was probably a mistake,” said David Clement of the Consumer Choice Centre. “It would have been much better for the province to simply uncap the licence process […]

All 25 Ontario pot shops won’t be ready to open April 1

One consumer advocacy group said stores not being ready to open in time exposes weaknesses in the government’s pot plan. “What this shows is that the lottery process was probably a mistake,” said David Clement of the Consumer Choice Centre. “It would have been much better for the province to simply uncap the licence process […]

What are we reading? March 7, 2019

This well-argued opinion piece by David Clement, North American affairs manager at the Consumer Choice Center, outlines a lot of the pitfalls that could spur the legalization of cannabis-infused drinks. – Financial Post

Ottawa’s latest rules risk ruining cannabis-infused beverages before they’re even legal

Opinion: Cannabis-infused beverages will not even be allowed to use the name ‘beer’ or ‘wine’ Dried cannabis and oils are currently legal in Canada and edible cannabis, which includes beverages, are scheduled to become legal for sale by October 2019. The federal government’s draft regulations for edibles, released recently, are riddled with problems, but some […]

Internal trade barriers Canada

The Consumer Choice Center (CCC) is excited to announce that the CCC has been officially asked to participate in the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT). The CCC is one of 17 stakeholders participating in the RCT. The RCT is a federal-provincial body created under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement to oversee the regulatory reconciliation […]

Opinion: Lack of Price Transparency is Hurting Cannabis Consumers

Saying that Canada’s cannabis rollout has been a rocky road would be a huge understatement. Since Oct. 2018, consumers have been faced with limited access, supply shortages, and steep prices. And, while all levels of government seem to be attempting to address and accommodate access and supply problems, one issue that has not been properly addressed, however; […]

Advocate pushes for private sector approach to cannabis sales

A manager with the Consumer Choice Center is calling for changes to Nova Scotia’s cannabis model. David Clement says our province should move toward a private sector approach, rather than entirely government control. “The retail model in the province is flawed from the start, mostly because it’s trying, it’s getting the government to try and […]

Ontario delivers yet another cannabis decision that hurts retailers and helps illegal dealers

Opinion: A monopoly on e-commerce benefits the government, and the black market, at the expense of consumers On January 31st, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) stated legal cannabis shops in the province will be prohibited from offering online retail options to consumers. This means that the initial 25 cannabis stores in Ontario and the […]

Throne Speech promises may backfire for consumers, expert says

One advocate says the administration costs of those promises could end up getting passed on to buyers. David Clement, North American Affairs Manager with the Consumer Choice Centre, says saddling business operators with rules about breaking down costs often leads to added expenses for the wrong people. “Consumers will ultimately end up paying for that,” […]

The Beer Store Is Flat Out Wrong on Consumer Choice

Toronto, ON —On February 1st, Ontario’s public consultation on alcohol policy officially closed. The Ford Government sought out feedback on how Ontario could modernize its alcohol market. Unfortunately, some entities, like The Beer Store, have actively pushed back against increased consumer access. The Beer Store’s President Ted Moroz recently argued that if the province allows for beer […]

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