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Montreal Officials Want to Keep 1/3 of Cannabis Taxes and Jurisdiction Over Outdoor and Event Use

The city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada is seeking a third of the tax revenues derived from recreational cannabis sales in the city, claiming the funds will help raise the estimated $4 million to $9 million it will need to hire as many as 50 police officers, and train firefighters and other civil security workers once legalization takes effect, the CBC reports. The proposal would see the other two-thirds shared by the provincial and federal governments.

The recommendations from the city to the provincial government include provisions to allow the city to create its own rules for cannabis use at outdoor concerts and festivals. Coun. Robert Beaudry, a member of the city’s consultation committee on cannabis legalization, pointed to Sunday tam-tam gatherings at Mount Royal Park where, even now, cannabis use is tolerated. Although, he did say that at family-friendly festivals cannabis use “may not necessarily be appropriate.”

“I don’t think it would be appropriate to ban it at the tam-tams, knowing its history.” – Beaudry, to the CBC.

Provinces and cities are pushing forward with drafting rules as July draws near. Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisting that he doesn’t know where the July 1 legalization date came from, provinces and cities are forging ahead with crafting cannabis rules. Earlier this week, officials in Prince Edward Island unveiled its proposed regulations and the three licensed producers that would provide the government with products for its retail stores.

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