Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the Liberal government’s plan to legalize marijuana could spark a new craft industry and create opportunities for small businesses — which “may not be a bad thing” in Calgary’s slumping economy.
But any new model to distribute recreational weed, including edibles, should be controlled to ensure public safety and prevent people underage from using it, he said.
“I wouldn’t want to see marijuana-infused jelly beans sold at every 7-Eleven counter,” Nenshi told reporters Friday.
“In Colorado, I believe that there is a restriction against joint consumption, so where there’s alcohol you can’t sell alcohol and marijuana in the same place,” he said. “These are the sorts of things we need to be very thoughtful about.”
The Liberal government’s Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, which spent months gathering input from provincial and municipal governments, indigenous people and health and addiction experts submitted its findings earlier this week.
That report is expected to be released publicly Dec. 21.