TORONTO, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Convenience Store Association
(OCSA) reiterated its support for the Ontario Safety League's
objectives regarding illegal drug paraphernalia. OCSA believes the
League's aims can best be achieved through Canada's existing federal
law (Criminal Code section 462.2), which came into force in 2013.
"The members of the Ontario Convenience Store Association are
responsible community retailers and we do not condone the sale of
illegal drug paraphernalia," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario
Convenience Stores Association. "We continue to be supportive of the
Ontario Safety League's objective; however, Canadian law already
prohibits the sale of these products. Duplicating federal law with
provincial measures carrying much lower penalties is unnecessary, and
would likely be ineffective."
Current federal law already prohibits selling drug paraphernalia for the
purpose of illegal drug use, and carries a fine of up to $100,000
and/or six months in prison for a first offense. Subsequent offenses
carry a fine of up to $300,000 or up to one year in prison - or both.
Ontario Convenience Stores Association members are proud to be strong
partners of the Ontario government and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG). All convenience stores selling OLG lottery products
must register with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
In order to sell lottery products, Convenience store retailers go
through a detailed screening, are subject to all of the requirements of
Ontario's Gaming Control Act, and other standards set by the AGCO, such as investigation concerning
the character, integrity and financial competence of each retailer.
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) represents convenience
stores throughout the province that are committed to responsible
community retailing. The convenience store industry generates $13
billion in sales annually in Ontario and employs over 69,000 people.
More than 3 million shoppers visit convenience stores in communities
across Ontario every day.
SOURCE: Ontario Convenience Stores Association
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