Municipal governments are the closest to people's daily lives. That places us on the front lines of the federal commitment to legalize cannabis, and our priority is to keep people safe and well-served.
Legalization means new bylaws, new processes and new costs for local police and up to 17 different municipal departments. Local governments are busy tackling new responsibilities that run from land zoning to business licensing, and from regulating public consumption to responding to odour complaints.
FCM is advocating to ensure that municipalities are engaged throughout this process, and for the financial tools they need to get this right. We are also creating resources to help local governments tackle the significant challenge that cannabis legalization represents.