In economic circles, when governments make exclusive deals with select businesses for a market closed to everyone else (backed by the power of the law), when these factors are present, we call that fascism.
The Ottawa-based company Shopify was apparently selected for its “on-time service” and “user-friendly design.”
Loren Padelford, vice-president and general manager of Shopify, said his company lobbied all provinces and territories to get their exclusive contracts for online cannabis sales, but only in B.C. and Ontario have their lobbying efforts been successful.
Activists have been risking their lives producing safe, quality cannabis for willing consumers. To have a bunch of Ottawa-connected companies roll in and take over the industry is an act of war.
After all, online sales are the most lucrative in the industry. People already purchase from online dispensaries since it’s anonymous and brings cannabis right to their doorstep.
It’s little wonder provincial governments have announced their “legal monopoly” over the online market.
And for what?
There is already a vibrant dispensary industry online. Wouldn’t governments prefer Canadians buy their weed from private online sellers? Keep the brick and mortar storefronts out of the community and away from “the children”?
Speaking of keeping cannabis away from people who don’t like it, B.C.’s decision to build a giant warehousing facility in Richmond is wrong on three accounts.
A free and fair cannabis market doesn’t require central government warehousing. Craft beer producers in B.C. don’t send all their product to a central warehouse (unless it’s going to government liquor stores). For private sales to private stores, the brewer ships the product directly. Why can’t craft cannabis have similar logistical regulations?
Second, spending taxpayers’ money on building a warehouse and distribution centre is a colossal waste of resources. We already have an efficient system of delivery. Legalization means that unmarked cars and vans should now be able to advertise the cannabis producer they’re delivering for. Like you see with beer and wine vans/trucks. In addition, cannabis is not booze. It’s fresh produce. B.C.’s single-warehouse distribution system will fail miserably.