Pubdate: Mon, 25 Jan 2016
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2016 The Globe and Mail Company
Author: Mike Hook
Page: A10


Medical marijuana executive Mark Zekulin's comment that the 
recreational marijuana market, when it first opens, should be limited 
to licensed medical producers is infuriating ( Avoiding A Marijuana ' 
Wild West' - Jan. 22).

Is his position related to the public or economic good - or does it 
have everything to do with protecting the multi-million-dollar gamble 
the big growers of medical marijuana have made on controlling the market?

Big alcohol producers managed to do the same after prohibition ended, 
and the lingering policy effects are still felt today - just ask 
Toronto Distillery Co. about their constitutional challenge.

A "craft" market sector in recreational pot is a huge threat to 
medical growers' viability. They are working to snuff out competition 
before it even begins.

Mike Hook, Toronto
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