For years, suburban Canadians were told that there could be an illegal weed grow-op or stash house living just next door. Well, it turns out it’s the Ontario government that has been keeping a secret warehouse full of weed in the GTA.
And one union boss just let the location slip.
In a press release, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Warren “Smokey” Thomas, calls out the Ford government for allegedly using police to prevent employees from unionizing at a privately owned warehouse in Oakville.
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“Calling in officers from Halton Regional Police to stop OPSEU from talking to these workers is not only a complete waste of police resources, it also violates their right to join a union,” Thomas said, in a press release on January 8.
Whether or not this happened in the manner that the OPSEU describes or if the Ontario government had any direct influence is currently unsubstantiated. But besides levelling a serious accusation at the provincial government, the union has also revealed, for the first time to the public, the location of a large government storehouse for legal cannabis.
Located at 2670 Plymouth Drive in Oakville, the warehouse is run by Domain Logistics, a self-described Toronto-based third-party logistics provider, specializing in supply chain solutions for complex, fast-moving businesses in Canada.
Details are lacking as to how much cannabis is processed in the facility, the area it serves and how many other similar warehouses the province uses. Daily Hive has reached out for comment from Domain Logistics, but has not heard back at time of publication.
The OPSEU has regularly been critical of Premier Ford’s choice to move away from the plans of his predecessor and instead use a private model for recreational cannabis sales.
“The LCBO has a proven track record of keeping alcohol away from vulnerable individuals,” said Thomas in July of last year. “The privatization of cannabis sales is a stupid idea.”
The province has promised to provide $40 million to municipalities over two years to help local governments keep their communities safe and aid in the enforcement of regulations on private businesses.
“In order to protect our communities — we have to work closely with our municipalities. In fact, they are our essential partners,” said Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli, in August. “We are committed to creating a safe retail model that eliminates the illegal cannabis market in Ontario. We are taking a balanced and responsible approach to building a system that works.”
“The Government of Ontario will not be in the business of running physical cannabis stores. Instead, we will work with private sector businesses to build a safe, reliable retail system that will divert sales away from the illegal market.”