The City of Calgary wants to make sure it has a seat at the table when marijuana is eventually legalized in Canada.
The Trudeau government plans to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017.
Instead of waiting to see what that will look like, a city committee is moving forward with a five-point strategy which covers planning issues, nuisance factors and revenue sharing.
The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee wants to ensure the municipality’s concerns are heard.
City administrators also want the federal government to prohibit growing marijuana in the home. But while councillors believe there should be restrictions – most don’t want a blanket prohibition.
“We don’t want hydroponic units in residential houses producing for sale – either recreationally or medically – but that doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t want individuals to be able to grow a plant or two,” Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra explained.
Carra said it’s expected cities will have a role in the regulation and enforcement of legal marijuana and that Ottawa should share in that cost.
He also said the city should have a say in where legal marijuana-related businesses can open their doors.
With files from Aurelio Perri.