Premier Greg Selinger said he believed government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana in his province.
The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission is a government operation that regulates, distributes and sells alcohol in the province. All profits are sent back to the provincial treasury.
Selinger said staff at the Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets are well-trained in alcohol risks and could be trained to give advice on cannabis, as well.
In rural areas where the government doesn’t operate liquor stores, Selinger said private businesses could sell cannabis.
Everything at this point remains hypothetical, as the federal government has only just begun deciding how and when cannabis will be available.