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November 26, 2020

Province Introduces Legislation that would Protect Manitobans by Providing Safer Liquor and Cannabis Delivery

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would amend the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act to establish a new licence category that ensures compliance from delivery companies that regulated products are not delivered to minors, young or intoxicated people, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today. 
“Our government is committed to protecting Manitobans,” says Cullen, “With continued growth in the delivery industry, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we want to make sure that liquor and cannabis products are delivered safely and responsibly.” 
The proposed legislation would allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) to establish clear requirements for third-party delivery companies, shifting the liability for safe service and delivery of these regulated products to those who deliver the products and not the company with the initial licence (restaurant, lounge and retailer). 
“With some children not in school and regular after-school activities disrupted, it is even more critical to ensure that age-restricted products like cannabis and liquor do not fall into the hands of young people,” added Cullen.
This change would enhance clarity and transparency for the industry, as it clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of each regulated entity, noted Cullen. 
The proposed legislation would also allow the LGCA to hire minors and young people (under 19 years of age for the purpose of possessing cannabis) as part of its enforcement activities. This would allow ‘minor agents’ to attempt to purchase regulated products and allow the LGCA to monitor licensees’ compliance with prohibitions on under-age sales. 
Lastly, the amendments would remove the requirements for those who provide liquor samples at retail liquor stores, to register with the LGCA.
Cullen noted this is another step the Manitoba government is taking to remove red tape and provides innovative regulatory services as industries evolve. 
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