The City of Vancouver says it wants a piece of the pot revenue pie when marijuana is legalized in the country.
Today’s recommendation by the federal task force charged with navigating the transition to legal green recommends “local authorities” be responsible for oversight and enforcement of personal pot possession.
Rules include no more than four plants per home and 30 grams carried in public at a time.
But Vancouver city councillor Kerry Jang says there is no mention of how municipalities are supposed to pay for it.
“If the federal and provincial governments expect cities to actually take an active enforcement role, then we need to be funded,” he says.
Jang says that’s a message that’s been clearly delivered by municipalities across the province.
“This was also a resolution at the Union of British Columbia municipalities when all cities and towns across this province voted to say to the federal government we need a piece of the marijuana money pie if you want us to do the work you want us to do,” he says.
Jang says cities will still have control over the locations of marijuana storefronts to make sure they aren’t close to schools and community centres.