When marijuana legalization hits Canada in spring 2017, Calgary hopes it gets a cut of the new tax revenue that’s sure to follow.
On Thursday, a council committee approved official positions that the city will present to Ottawa as the federal government begins making decisions about how pot legislation should be crafted.
Those policy positions include making sure the city has control over licensing, that people are allowed to grow a limited amount of cannabis at home, and that Calgary get a slice not just of any marijuana tax, but of all sin taxes.
“Why not?” asked Ward 11 Coun. Brian Pincott in an interview with CBC Calgary News at 6.
Pincott said the burden for policing alcohol and marijuana use costs the city, and it would be “really nice” to receive some compensation for that law enforcement.
“We’re going to be checking to see if people drive under the influence. That lands on us, on the city’s operating budget for police, just as it does with alcohol,” he said.
“It’d be really nice if we got a slice of the sin tax to be able to pay for those kinds of things.”