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Drug paraphernalia sold in some of Ontario's corner stores
Safety watchdog says teens have easy access
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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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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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