Municipalities concerned provincial funding won't be enough to prepare them for the legalization of marijuana
Cannabis is set to become legal across Canada tomorrow and municipalities are concerned they don't have enough funding to be ready.
This week the province announced they'd be giving municipalities in Alberta $11.2 million over the next two years to help but that money will only be given to municipalities with a population of over 5,000.
Al Kemmere, the President of Rural Municipalities of Alberta(RMA) tells The One News that they wish the province had included them in cannabis discussions.
"This came out without the consultation piece, that's the part we're frustrated with, I do have to look at the province and the challenges they're looking at because this had been imposed on them from above, from the federal government and so they're having to adapt but at the same time we can offer them a lot of good solutions when we come to the table, we just got to come to the table or be invited to the table" says Kemmere.
The RMA is hoping for a 50% share of federal cannabis excise tax revenues that are distributed from the federal government in order to help address some of the costs that will come with increased planning and enforcement responsibility.
The province says 60% of the money given will be available this fiscal year and the rest will be set aside for year two. (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)