With the legalization of cannabis looming, municipal politicians threw in their two bits to the Provincial Government at last night’s meeting.
Included in that was a desire to recoup some of the costs that the City would incur.
Councillor Ron Paull…
“Procurement and possession enforcement, consumption in public areas, regulation and enforcement, cultivation regulations and enforcement and enforcement is the big one here, complaints, building inspection, i’m talking post grow, and drug enforcement, it falls to our police.”
Councillor Ed Coleman took it one step further…
“If there is profit made then that should be shared as well and maybe that’s a third, third, third. But i think to me it’s two things, one it’s the sharing of any found revenues but it’s also making sure our incremental costs are covered.”
Other suggestions included making 19 the minimum age, to take away dried cannabis from those under that age and not charge them and to have government regulation and distribution.
And on that final note, Mayor Bob Simpson suggested that the senior governments equip them with stronger tools to extinguish the illegal retail and distribution that will build around whatever model that they come up with.