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Canada’s Pot Supply Will Not Meet Demand When Legalization Comes

The Canadian federal government is determined to steamroll ahead with pot legalization, in order to meet its target date of July 1, 2018. As the day of legal cannabis inches closer, leaders from provinces and local municipalities are voicing concerns about their region’s ability to fund and establish proper regulations in time. Another significant item […]

 

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Mayors in Canada Want a Slice of Revenue From Legal Cannabis

The mayors from some of Canada’s biggest cities are looking for a puff-puff-pass on tax revenue that will be rolling in from adult-use pot sales in 2018.

Local governments are asking for the funds to be filtered down to cover costs associated with land use, licensing applications for businesses, and law enforcement, once marijuana is a legal commodity.

The Parliamentary Budget Office estimated that the combined tax revenue from adult-use cannabis collected by federal and provincial governments could climb as high as $959 million the first year marijuana is legal.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson is acting Chair of the Mayors Group, and in an interview with The Canadian Press, he said, “one conversation that we think is important to have, is support for local governments dealing with the costs of enforcement.”

Mayor Mike Savage of Halifax is looking for direction from the feds by this fall, regarding the specific guidelines that will be in place once legalization takes hold.

Savage said he’s looking for “clarity around the law so that we can be prepared to deal with dispensaries, many of whom think that as soon as this passes, [they] can just open anywhere they want.”

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman also chimed in with his concerns over the short timeline that the Trudeau Liberals have set for legal weed.

“The one thing that, of course, concerns me is the timing of how quickly this is occurring,” Bowman said. The Mayor added, “depending on where the revenues are being collected and by whom, could play a role in helping us address our concerns, and what we expect are going to be increasing costs to policing.”

The outcry over costs and timelines related to legal pot is not a new phenomenon.

Last month, Marijuana.com contacted Premiers across the country to get their thoughts on how the process is going. The inquiries were in response to a Global News article which stated that provinces were being openly vocal about the quick turnaround and added costs related to legal weed.

Bill C-45 is currently undergoing its second reading in the House of Commons and has been subjected to significant debate by the opposition.

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Maltese Opposition Wants Legal Pot and Full Drug Decriminalization

It’s a safe bet to say that the European island of Malta will be one of the next nations of the world to establish fully legalized cannabis.

In April 2015, the government wisely decided to decriminalize the plant for its citizens. Most recently, the leader of the country, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, announced that now is the time to discuss legal cannabis for the nation. Shortly after that statement, one of the leading opposition parties for the country also readily agreed that the discussion needs to happen.

Now, a third political party in Malta has joined the call for legal marijuana, in addition to the decriminalization of all drugs.

Ralph Cassar, the Secretary General of the Alternattiva Demokratika Party, made a statement to the media saying that his party’s position is essentially a “drug policy with a human face.” Cassar added that there needs to be different classifications for drugs so citizens know their level of danger, but in regards to cannabis, it should be fully legalized.

The goal of this policy would be to reduce dependency on harsh drugs rather than throwing people in prison for using the substances. “People who use drugs are in need of other services, and should not be persecuted,” Cassar said.

Alternattiva Demokratika says they are looking at the Portuguese model of decriminalization.

For cannabis, specifically, the party would like to see regulation similar to Colorado or Uruguay, adding that the effects of pot are less serious than alcohol and tobacco.

The Maltese general election takes place on June 3, just over one week away. Three different parties, including the incumbent one, are calling for cannabis legalization of some kind. So no matter who takes the leadership, more than likely the clear winner will be cannabis lovers in Malta.

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