Winnipeg Chamber Exploring Economic Impact of Legalization of Marijuana

Article by David Larkins, Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Chamber exploring economic impact of legalization of marijuana

If and when marijuana legislation becomes a reality in Canada, the Winnipeg business community wants to have the answers to get to the green.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce will host a marijuana legalization Q&A on Friday, the intent to answer questions among the business community about what it all means, including what impact it could have economically on the city.

Chamber president Loren Remillard wasn’t prepared to weigh in on what the economic impact for the country and the city will be when Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government OK’s legislation to legalize cannabis, but said that will undoubtedly be among the questions members will have at Friday’s “When Legalization Comes to Winnipeg” luncheon.

“As a community we have the opportunity to take the time now with the idea that legalization is coming, to prepare ourselves for that day,” he said. “And that means fully understanding not just the economic opportunity that legalization presents, but some of the challenges that other jurisdictions have encountered in their efforts around this, learn from those so that we can make sure that, when the day arrives, we are as prepared to deal with both the benefits and some of the potential challenges that will come about.”

Jeannine Machon, the business director of CMT Laboratories in Denver, will be the one to field the queries from Chamber members.

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