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Local govt wants marijuana revenue share

The mayor of Nelson says communities should get a set share of the proceeds from future legal marijuana sales.

Deb Kozak- outgoing Chair of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG)  – is speaking to their resolution last week that will go to the Union of BC Municipalities.

It will call on the province to press Ottawa for a formal revenue sharing mechanism.

Nelson has a burgeoning medical marijuana scene, even before full recreational legalization.

Kozak says local governments not only want a share of retail revenue but a cut from savings from reduced enforcement as well. They also want a commitment by the Feds to invest their marijuana revenue revenue into youth engagement strategies, recreation, health care programs,employment,community and cultural programs.

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