Regina’s mayor says he doesn’t want the cost of legalizing marijuana in Canada on the backs of his taxpayers. Michael Fougere says the July 1st date to legalize pot is looming and he says costs will high.
“We do know now that the federal government and the provinces have agreed to a split on revenue,” Fougere said. “25-percent remains with the federal government. 75-percent go to the provinces. We are a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Big City Mayors caucus and we are asking for one-third of all revenue.”
Fougere says there’s a lot to do in order to ensure citizens uinderstand the adhere to new marijuana regulations.
“Because we have policing to do – law enforcement,” said Fougere. “That’s roadside checks, to train our police. we have to buy the equipment, we have to do zoning, licensing, enforcement. All this costs money.”
Fougere says since the federal government and the provinces have agreed to a split on revenue he says Regina deserves a share as well.
“I don’t think it’s fair to put it on the backs of taxpayers directly,” Fougere said. “There is revenue stream happening and we’re asking the province to have discussions with us about how to have a share of some of the revenue to offset those major costs that will hit us on July 1st.”