Weed Needs: B.C. Almanac Broadcast Talks Pot with Municipal Leaders Live from UBCM Convention

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Mayors from across the province will be in Vancouver this week for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, and high on the agenda are concerns about how cannabis legalization will impact their communities.

Municipalities are seeking clarification from the province on what their role will be when it comes to policing and profiting from recreational pot.

The UBCM surveyed 57 of its members and only 7.2 per cent of respondents said they had been directly consulted by the federal or provincial government.

The resolution asks for “fulsome and meaningful provincial consultation” as well as funding to cover administrative costs, equitable sharing of tax revenues, and respect for local authorities concerning land use and zoning decisions.

Price setting critical

How pot will be priced is another important issue for UBCM executive member and Nelson mayor, Deb Kozak.

“Price setting is critical or the black market will continue,” said Kozak, who compared the current situation in her community to the Wild West.

Kozak will be one of several civic leaders joining the special B.C. Almanac broadcast.

Read full article here.

CBC News – Sep 24, 2017.

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