AUPE members to argue public vs. private marijuana distribution Saturday

Members at the 41st annual Alberta Union of Provincial Employees convention plan to vote Saturday on whether to support selling marijuana in publicly operated dispensaries, or if they would rather leave the issue to the private sector.

AUPE members filled the hall at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on Friday for the three-day conference, hearing year-end reports from 14 standing committees, reviewing financial records and voting on various issues including the annual budget.

Members voted late Friday to debate the issue of who should sell legal marijuana Saturday, as AUPE president Guy Smith predicted a lengthy discussion on the topic.

The federal government approved the legalization and regulated recreational use of marijuana across Canada beginning on July 1, 2018. Members of the AUPE are debating whether retail dispensaries should be publicly or privately owned.

Though the Alberta government is expected to conclude their consultations on the matter by Oct....

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