Article by David Brown, Lift
The Union of BC Municipalities unanimously passed two cannabis-related resolutions today at their annual convention in Victoria. The UBCM’s convention is all this week in Victoria, BC, with politicians from across the province meeting to discuss numerous issues impacting their communities.
The first, endorsed by the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments, the city of Nelson, BC, requested the provincial government include the UBCM “in the process of legalization of marijuana as a representative for local government, and call on pertinent parties to include local government consultation and ensure adequate time to align and integrate regional and local regulations and practices with new federal laws.”
The resolution notes that municipalities are seeking “adequate time to align and integrate regional and local regulations and practices with new federal laws when they are enacted.”
Endorsed by the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the UBCM Resolutions Committee, the Vancouver Island town of Duncan has also submitted a resolution entitled “Marijuana Sales and Distribution Tax Sharing for Duncan Local Governments” that argues that regulation and enforcement of legal marijuana will ultimately fall on the local governments, and so the federal government should set aside any future revenue from taxes collected to be shared with with local governments.
The resolution also makes specific reference to municipal regulation of ‘medical marijuana dispensaries’, which numerous BC communities have begun regulating, or at least discussing regulations. The resolution also notes that the UBCM has in the past endorsed similar resolutions on the question of marijuana regulations. Resolution 2015-B98 asserted that local governments held the authority to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as 2012-A5, which requested that the federal government decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana.