Article by David Brown, Lift
Edmonton City Council quickly and unanimously passed a motion to have the city formally outline the expected impacts of legalization yesterday.
The motion, presented by Councillor Mike Nickel, asks the city to look at all the expected and possible impacts of marijuana legalization and what zoning rules the city has available to deal things with like distance from schools for possible dispensaries, etc.
Councillor Nickel initially tried to introduce the zoning inquiry at a planning committee last week, but was told he had to present it at the city council meeting. Councillor Anderson moved for Councillor Nickel to make a motion without customary notice, with Mayor Don Iveson noting that it was ‘just past 4:20’. The motion quickly passed unanimously.
“We can’t bury our heads in the sand anymore on this. … We need to be proactive,” Nickel told the press last week.
This is only the beginning of this process for Edmonton, as city staff will now have to put together a report and come back to council with their findings. Federal regulations aren’t expected to be presented until Spring of 2017. The federal Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation is expected to submit their report to the government this month.