Manitoba government wants to hire minors to catch retailers that sell pot and booze to underage consumers

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New details about a Manitoba government bill that was introduced earlier this month show that plans are in the works hire young people to catch retailers that sell alcohol and cannabis to minors, reports CBC . Under Bill 60, minors hired by the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba would attempt to purchase regulated products from retailers. Under provincial law, you must be 19 or older to purchase cannabis products and 18 or older to buy booze. How this small Manitoba town swayed public opinion about cannabis Manitoba asks for public’s feedback about allowing businesses to offer on-site cannabis consumption Manitoban government, attorney general taken to court over ban on growing cannabis at home Justice Minister Cliff Cullen told CBC that the LGCA needs to directly observe sales to a minor before it can identify a breach. Under Bill 60, minors would report directly to LGCA inspectors. The bill has been criticized by Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont, who says it’s not a priority during the pandemic, and waste of time and money. He added that hundreds of inspectors are already employed by the LGCA and there isn’t a need to hire more, especially minors. “They’re going to hire teens to go and try … to buy stuff from cannabis stores? This is one of the biggest wastes of money I’ve ever heard in my life. This is completely ridiculous,” Lamont said. Cullen said the youth would not replace the current inspection program, citing unidentified research that “said that this approach has been effective in other jurisdictions in monitoring compliance.” Additionally, the bill would shift liability onto workers and delivery companies that deliver regulated products, like alcohol, to minors or intoxicated persons. The LGCA is also weighing the possibility of offering cannabis licenses that would authorize businesses to offer on-site cannabis consumption .…

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