Article by Codi Wilson, CP24
Mayor John Tory is calling on the premier to sit down with city officials to discuss the legalization of marijuana and the “increased costs” for Toronto.
In a letter sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday, Tory said when key regulatory decisions are made regarding the sale of marijuana, they must be made in “close collaboration with Ontario cities and towns, including Toronto.”
“I have made it clear that while I support the legalization of marijuana, I do not think the people of Toronto would support future widespread location of outlets for the sale of marijuana in residential neighbourhoods or in certain retailing areas,” he said.
“Not only do I have significant concerns about how any retail distribution will fit within our communities but I am also certain that a big part of the enforcement of these regulations will be on the shoulders of municipalities whether through licensing, zoning by-law enforcement or municipal policing.”
The federal government announced earlier this year that it plans to legalize marijuana by July 2018 and the mayor added that he has “no doubt” that there will be increased costs when that happens.
“We would want to discuss with you what the magnitude of those costs might be and reach agreement with you on both increased public health funding and a dedicated share of increased provincial revenues attributable to the sale of marijuana,” he said.