Just Say No: How Some Communities Are Fighting Pot Legalization

Article by Haydn Watters, CBC News

Just say no: How some communities are fighting pot legalization. A look inside Leamington, Ont.'s Aphira cannabis, which is expanding its Canadian operation to meet demand. Marijuana legalization is imminent but several Canadian towns and cities aren't keen on selling in their communities. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Pot legalization is months off but the mayor of Taber, Alta., is already thinking about all the complaints he’s going to get.

Taber is the small town that banned spitting, yelling and swearing in public in 2015 and recently made headlines for voting down a LGBTQ group’s bid to fly a Pride flag on a community flag pole.

Mayor Andrew Prokop said they are against marijuana legalization, too, warning of its “dangers” for young people and the potential strain on municipal resources.

“It’s not believed that it is going to be a good thing all around to have recreational marijuana being sold here,” he said. “There’s nothing really good about it unless you’re medically required [to use it].”

While some Canadian communities are embracing legalization and its economic potential, others like Taber are dreading it.

According to Health Canada, municipalities will have to work with their province or territory and won’t be able to just flat-out ban marijuana sales.

That hasn’t prevented Taber from trying to stop legalization. The town showed up at the annual meeting of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association last November with a motion to get the group to lobby the federal government to repeal Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. That failed.

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