As the city of Regina seeks alternative ways to keep taxes low and important municipal work done, the question of cannabis taxation was raised after city council Monday night.
The province has yet to commit to give municipalities funding from cannabis sales, as legalization on October 17th quickly approaches.
Mayor Michael Fougere said he’s unsure if revenue will come in the first few years.
“I know we have expenses, we have the Police saying about a million dollars in terms of training and buying equipment for road-side checks, roughly that much money,” Fougere said. “I don’t know whether the province has even agreed to share revenue to begin with.”
Fougere said the big-city mayors are asking for municipalities to receive a third of the tax dollars on cannabis.
“Absolutely we’re going to look for that, we’re going to ask for that revenue to be shared, absolutely we’re going to do that, and until we have the revenue come in, so to speak, it’s going to be hard to determine what that actually is going to be, so experience it first then we’ll talk about that.”
Meanwhile, Regina will need another vote to approve zoning for provincial cannabis shops.
City council needed a unanimous vote Monday night, but on August 27th, a simple majority will be enough to approve the cannabis zoning bylaws.