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Pot could come to Manitoba liquor stores

If legalized, premier says staff would be well-equipped to dispense marijuana

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WINNIPEG— Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana, if and when the federal government legalizes the drug.

Selinger says Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets have staff that are welltraine­d on the potential risks of alcohol, and he suggests they would be in the same position to provide advice about marijuana.

Selinger adds there would probably be some private involvemen­t, too.

Liquor is sold in private outlets in some rural Manitoba areas where there is no government store, and Selinger says he expects that model could be used for marijuana, as well.

Selinger says many details have yet to be worked out, because the federal government will determine how the drug would be available.

“We’d like to do it under the existing system we have, which is a publicly offered service, with some exceptions in small communitie­s where there is no (government) provision,” he said Thursday.

“We would want any employee in one of our outlets to be well-trained, to be able to inform the public of any of the potential health risks or safety risks, and do it without consuming the products.”

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