Legal cannabis to net province $1.8 million in 1st year

Legal cannabis to net province $1.8 million in 1st year
Restaurant, hotel workers lead the pack in marijuana use
Municipalities will have to grapple with a host of thorny issues once recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada — but it’s the matter of home-grown marijuana plants that’s expected to cause them the biggest headaches.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has developed a guide to legalization, released Monday, to help identify the challenges and regulatory options for dealing with them that municipal governments across the country will face once the prohibition on cannabis use is lifted later this year.

PN MP Claudio Grech explained that the Opposition was voting against the law due to the fact that government had not given assurances that cultivation would be carried out on an industrial scale.

Restaurant, hotel workers lead the pack in marijuana use

The federation warns that developing the rules governing legal cannabis production, sales and consumption could involve as many as 17 different municipal departments covering everything from land use and zoning to business licensing and public consumption.

Another reason why the Opposition was voting against was the fact that the government had started sending Letters of Intent to operators even before Parliament had voted on the law.

But the guide singles out the proposed federal law’s provision allowing a residential dwelling to grow up to four marijuana plants as the most problematic.

Parliament this evening passed a law that legalises the production of medicinal cannabis, with the Nationalist Opposition voting against.

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“The issue of home cultivation of cannabis — even with a four-plant limit in place — is one that the will require public consultation,” the guide says.

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Restaurant, hotel workers lead the pack in marijuana use
Restaurant, hotel workers lead the pack in marijuana use

“It is also the issue that will be the most challenging for municipalities to decide on whether to develop a regulatory response. … Of all the regulations that might be considered in relation to the legalization of cannabis, this one has the potential to generate the greatest number of enforcement complaints.”

Rotterdam, which has moved to cut its number of coffee shops, banned pot-smoking near schools. Later, the ban was extended to the whole of the city, making it illegal to smoke a joint on the street.

The warning is based on the bitter experience of municipalities, which have struggled for years with “major problems” caused by the legal home cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Flaunting the ban carries the risk of fines, if official warnings are ignored, after it is introduced this weekend. Police will be checking the doorways of shops as part of the crackdown.  

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“It has meant a significantly compromised housing stock, heavy demands on policing resources, local nuisance complaints and erosion of the culture of compliance on which the effectiveness of local bylaws largely depends,” the guide says.

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Health Canada issues licences to individuals authorized to grow medical marijuana at home, but the guide says the federal department has failed to enforce the limits on the number of allowable plants. Moreover, it says many of the licences allow home cultivation “at a scale (hundreds of plants) that is simply inappropriate for a typical residential dwelling.”

President Trumps assurances to protect states rights to establish regulated cannabis markets means we are moving towards a climate where cannabis users and business can participate in the industry without fear of interference from the federal government, said Peter Bilodeau, CEO of Lineage. Taken in combination with the recent news that John Boehner, a staunch conservative and opponent of legalization, has joined a cannabis company, we view these reports as a clear and positive sign that the tide is shifting. We applaud the federal governments support of states rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana.

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Given that experience, the guide says “municipalities may be skeptical about whether or not people will comply with the four-plant limit (for recreational cannabis) and if the federal government will enforce the rule.”

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It suggests local governments might want to consider requiring licences for home cultivation, but notes it’s “worth evaluating whether citizens would be likely to comply with such a requirement.”

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Parliament approves medicinal cannabis production bill, Opposition votes against
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Alternatively, the guide suggests municipalities could enact nuisance bylaws to deal with problems that might be associated with home cultivation, such as any odour produced.

Each province and territory is developing its own legal regime for cannabis production and consumption. Quebec and Manitoba have chosen to prohibit home cultivation altogether, despite the four-plant limit allowed under the proposed federal law. If their prohibition is challenged in court, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said the federal law will prevail.

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The four western provinces have chosen to allow private retail operators to sell cannabis, while Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island plan to sell it only through existing provincial liquor control outlets.

Younger adults were most likely to use marijuana, with the 18 to 25 crowd reporting a 29.6% prevalence, compared to 18.6% of people aged 26 to 34 and just 11% of those 35 and up. Men were more likely than women to report current use (17.2% vs. 11.3%), while white people (15.3%) were slightly more likely to use marijuana than Hispanic people (15.1%) or black people (14.5%).

Depending on how much leeway a province or territory leaves for its municipalities, the guide says local governments will have to consider whether changes are needed to rules governing zoning, land use, retail locations, residential cultivation, business licensing, building codes, nuisance, smoking restrictions, municipal workplace safety, enforcement, public consumption, personal possession and local policing costs.

They may, for instance, want to prevent clustering of cannabis retail outlets in one area, forbid them from opening near schools or prohibit consumption in municipally owned parks, community centres or recreational facilities. On the other hand, some municipalities may want to create “tourist commercial districts” or make an exception to smoking bylaws to allow “cannabis cafes” to spring up.

The guide says municipalities will also need to consider possible changes to business regulations to ensure commercial cultivation and processing facilities, as well as retail outlets, take sufficient security precautions, restrict outdoor signs or limit the hours of operations, among other things.

Cannabis smoking outlawed in The Hagues city centre
Cannabis smoking outlawed in The Hagues city centre

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“Local governments will face significant new enforcement and operational challenges in the months and years ahead,” federation president Jenny Gerbasi says in a foreword to the guide.

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“There is a world of bylaws to develop and business licensing rules to review.”

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