Article by Tom Steepe, CBC News
As P.E.I. considers the rules it will have to put in place around marijuana legalization, Island business leaders and owners are weighing in, hoping to have their voices heard.
The federal government has said it will legalize pot by July 2018, and the provinces will have to come up with their own rules for sales by then.
In order to gauge public opinion on the sale of marijuana, the province has put out an online survey asking for the public’s input on several issues.
One of the specific questions being asked is whether marijuana should be sold by private business or publicly through government.
Erin McGrath-Gaudet of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said based on the evidence available, both private business and government-run operations are capable of handling the sale of regulated products such as tobacco, alcohol or cannabis.
She said the federation is not opposed to either model of sale, but warned government has to be cautious not to overtax or overregulate the product, because it could encourage the underground market.
“From our perspective, you know, one of the big concerns we would have is the cost of the system,” McGrath-Gaudet said.