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Municipalities key to safe, effective cannabis legalization

By Jenny Gerbasi      

With the right tools, local governments will be ready to answer the tough questions and reassure Canadians that they’ll be safe and well-served in a world of legal cannabis.

The federal commitment to legalize cannabis has always carried a federal responsibility to ensure all orders of government have the tools they need to follow through. So if cannabis revenues start lower than hoped, or if local costs exceed FCM’s projections, Ottawa will need to find other ways to ensure those costs are covered. But the great advantage of revenue-sharing is the planning stability it offers all orders of government, writes Jenny Gerbasi. The Hill Times file photograph
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WINNIPEG—With cannabis set to become legal for recreational use by next summer, Canadians are asking tough questions: Will marijuana be sold next to my child’s school? How will we keep drug-impaired drivers off the road? How will we dissuade my teenager from smoking pot? These are the kinds of questions that thousands of municipal leaders are working hard to answer. Legalizing and regulating cannabis across Canada is a major challenge for all orders of government. As president of

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