Drug paraphernalia sold in some of Ontario's corner stores

Safety watchdog says teens have easy access

One safety watchdog is worried that if you send your teens out to pick up milk at the corner store, they may come back with a crack pipe as well.

The Ontario Safety League found 15 per cent of corner stores in the GTA and beyond sell crack pipes and bongs. President Brian Patterson says those that do, keep them on display in the main part of the store.

Patterson is concerned your kids will have easy access to the drug paraphernalia, after they sent four teens out to check out corner stores from Toronto to Collingwood. He says those that had this stuff in store, put them on display for all to see.

He says the transactions were also shady, with employees asking the teens to pay only in cash. They didn't provide receipts.

Patterson speculates having this merchandise in there is a case of employees lying to owners by telling them it's legal.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the only way Ontario can punish corner stores with a measure like taking away their lotto-selling rights, would be if the owners were actually charged.

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  1. Frankie posted on 07/17/2014 01:39 PM
    Unlike the LCBO where they sell liquor to 12-year old boys in a niqab and there are NO repercussions. I smell the LCBO union behind this.
    1. Mike posted on 07/17/2014 02:18 PM
      @Frankie sounds like you and the rest of the conservative trolls on here are still upset at everything. your side got skunked bad. how do you bring in LCBO union into this.
      get over it smoke a j and chill. maybe next time they will do better. i doubt it though.
    2. dama posted on 07/17/2014 02:21 PM
      @Frankie I was thinking,, bong and drug paraphernalia are allowed to be sold in corner store. why not beer ?? Which is the worst vice?
    3. Frankie posted on 07/17/2014 02:30 PM
      @Mike I was merely reporting FACTS as they apply to a comparison to corner stores. Of course the LCBO union was my skeptic self thinking. Not sure what selling liquor to an underage boy has to do with conservative trolls. Are you suggesting the Liberals and NDP would support it?
    4. tanjo posted on 07/17/2014 03:28 PM
      @Frankie In one case, the Buyer is exploiting religious freedom laws to hide their age from the Seller.

      With the crack pipes, it is the Seller blantantly selling illegal (I assume) objects to underage Buyers.

      In terms of culpability, I don't see how they are related at all.

      The "conservative troll" comment, I assume, relates to your suspicion that unions are behind it.
    5. Frankie posted on 07/17/2014 04:08 PM
      @tanjo Actually, my entire point was to illustrate the fact that the LCBO suffers no repercussions when they act irresponsibly/illegally vs a corner store that could lose their license.
  2. Herry posted on 07/18/2014 10:20 AM
    Who cares about stupid bongs ! What SHOULD be more important would be the sugar, the fat, the chemicals, the preservatives and all the other garbage that food manufacturers are depositing into our foods ! All you idiots have your priorities wrong ! Bongs don't kill people, bad food does !!!
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