Article by Nola Keeler, CBC News
Businesses that hope to sell legal marijuana in Edmonton should expect to pay higher city fees, Coun. Dave Loken said Tuesday.
“We’re going to be stuck with a lot of the enforcement,” Loken said as council’s executive committee discussed a report from administration designed to help the city prepare for the coming legalization of marijuana.
The federal Liberal government has pledged to legalize and regulate marijuana during its current term in office.
“The more they define the rules as we get closer to legalization, the clearer the impacts will be on municipalities,” Mayor Don Iveson said.
”They’ll raise all the tax revenue from this new taxable substance and once again municipalities will have to do all the hard work.”
Councillors discussed potential costs to the city for policing and bylaw enforcement, along with ways to recover that money.