Cannabis : the cities are demanding $ 30 million

News 22 March, 2018
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    Sarah Daoust-Braun

    Thursday, march 22, 2018 13:56

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    The approach to the tabling of the provincial budget, the cities of Quebec estimate that the sale of cannabis would allow them to pocket $ 30 million.

    The Union of municipalities of Quebec and the City of Montreal claim-third of the revenues from the sale of cannabis, should be legalised in July. According to the preliminary analyses of the UMQ, this would be equivalent to an amount of $ 30 million.

    Municipalities eagerly await the presentation of the budget Leitão on the 27th of march to see if the government will respect their request.

    “We need guarantees, said the mayor of Montréal Valérie Plant “, which wishes to have the financial means necessary for supervising the legalisation, which is fast approaching.

    According to the president of the UQM and mayor of Drummondville is Alexandre Cusson, the share of this$ 30 Million between the cities will be done according to several criteria. “There is of course the issue of population. Also, it is necessary to know if the city will manage its police department, or it is the Sûreté du Québec that will take care of that “, he advanced.

    The number of branches of the québec Society of cannabis in each city should be also considered for the share split.

    Valérie Plante has confirmed that four branches will open this year on the territory of the metropolis. For Quebec as a whole, a twenty branches will emerge by the end of the year, according to the Société des alcools du Québec, which manages their implementation.