Article by Charles Hamilton, CBC News
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark says the extra money generated from legalized pot should be spent helping cities with the costs associated with policing and regulating the industry.
What exactly legalized pot in Saskatchewan will look like is still up in the air and likely won’t be known until closer to the July 1, 2018, legalization deadline.
But Clark says police will likely have to spend more money than ever on things like impaired driving technologies and enforcement of new laws.
“If there is going to be revenues generated, some of those revenues should be made available to local municipalities and police services to make sure the implementation is done well and effectively,” Clark said.
Clark’s comments come after Toronto Mayor John Tory floated the idea of a “special levy” or tax on pot to help cities cope with the extra cost managing legalized weed.
Tory didn’t say how much a potential levy to offset those costs should be.
Clark said whether it’s direct tax tied to marijuana sales or some form of revenue sharing from the province, cities are on the front lines and will need more money to make sure legalization is done right.