Article by Breanna Roycroft, Lift
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) responded to the federal government’s Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation’s call for input through a public letter released on August 3rd, 2016. In it, they address the federal government’s five key themes and highlight what they see as concerns and opportunities moving forward.
Overall, the AUMA’s input reinforces two key points:
1) Given that Municipalities and their officers will be at the frontline of delivery and implementation for whatever regime is developed in the end, the federal government must continue to engage with cities to ensure they are included in the decision making process.
2) Cities already have the tools in place to manage much of the oversight that will be needed — including zoning powers, licensing bodies, and enforcement officials. They will however, require training, support and clear guidance from the federal government before moving forward.