Crackdown on stores that sell bongs: Ontario Safety League

Marc Paris, executive director for Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada, in front of illegal...

Marc Paris, executive director for Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada, in front of illegal drug-related items found for sale in some convenience stores. He joined with Ontario Safety League at a media conference at Queen's Park on Thursday, July 17 2014, in calling for the provincial government to ban lottery ticket sales out of corner stores that sell this drug paraphernalia. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

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The provincial government should crackdown on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League says.

Brian Patterson, president and CEO for the Ontario Safety League, said an undercover operation this spring carried out in convenience stores in Toronto and Barrie that carried drug paraphernalia found staff were routinely willing to sell to 17-year-old mystery shoppers.

The bongs and pipes can be used to smoke pot and crack, while the pill grinders allow people to abuse prescription narcotics.

"We need action to stop neighbourhood stores from selling drug paraphernalia, particularly to our children," Patterson said.

The OSL is calling on the provincial government to ban the sale of lottery tickets from convenience stores that carry illicit drug paraphernalia.

 

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