Article by Damien Wood, Calgary Herald
Legal weed is coming, and the city wants to keep its voice in the federal government’s ear rather than see its chance to be part of the conversation go up in smoke.
As Ottawa inches toward a spring 2017 timeline to unveil legislation on the legalization of marijuana, city administration will offer a proposed advocacy position to the intergovernmental affairs committee at their meeting Thursday.
“Administration is seeking to further refine an advocacy position on a number of key themes relating to legalization, regulation and restriction of access to marijuana,” the report reads.
“While the implementation of a regulated system must include collaboration with provincial and federal governments, the city wants to preserve existing municipal authority. City administration and Federation of Canadian Municipalities continue to request regular consultation as the specific legislation and regulatory regime take shape.
“Administration recommends additional advocacy efforts focus on … engaging municipalities, the authority of orders of government, prohibiting or restricting residential growing, sharing federal tax revenue and giving municipalities time to develop and implement necessary local regulations.”
City councillor and committee member Gian-Carlo Carra said it’s an important conversation to be part of — the city knows legalization is coming but doesn’t yet now how that’s going to roll out or what the timeline will be when it does.