Ottawa’s announcement Thursday that recreational marijuana use will be legalized next year has sparked more questions than answers. But Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced Wednesday that there’s one issue that’s crystal clear: this city will make sure it gets its share of whatever tax revenue is generated by cannabis sales.
“Prepare yourselves mentally,” Coderre told a weekly meeting of the city’s executive committee. “It’s certain that Montreal will want a part of the (marijuana revenues).
“If there are sums going to the provinces and to Ottawa, in terms of (paying for) resources, Montreal will have a right (to its share) as with any other major municipality.
Coderre said that legalization “will require additional resources. … Montreal’s reflex is that we have a right (to a share of revenues).
“Don’t worry, we have ideas in mind on how to use those additional sources of revenue.”
Coderre staked out the city’s claim to legal marijuana revenue as he announced the creation of a task force to examine the local fallout of legal cannabis use.
“Anything that has to do with marijuana will have an impact on us as a front-line government,” he said. “We’ll be taking an inventory of what the effects will be at the regulatory level, permits, what it will mean to businesses, what it will mean to residences.
“There will also be the realities of public health and public safety. We’ll have to analyze the need for additional resources.”