Civic leaders in Manitoba still have lots of questions surrounding cannabis and what it means to individual municipalities.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities had a cannabis regulations update at an AMM Conference held this past week in Brandon.

Michael Legary brought the latest information on behalf of the Province of Manitoba.

“The key element is the Federal Government has provided further definition in what they are planning to do with legalization. This update touched on the various legislative acts the province has brought in and will be bringing in to prepare for legalization as well as how licensing and regulation will occur and the options available for municipalities on how they get their fair say on choosing when and how retail comes to a community.”

Legary says there has been a lot of interest from municipalities and he says demand will grow so there are a lot of economic development opportunities.

“Right now the specific date or timeline for the market going fully open, where anyone can apply for a license, that decision has not been made.”

The province is limiting the number of retailers initially to get ahead of any issues that could arise.

“It was a key lesson learned by other jurisdictions in Colorado and Washington.”

Many civic leaders left the update session with many unanswered questions. Most wanted to know the financial implications with cannabis in the areas of revenue for municipals and added costs associated with cannabis being legalized.

More Local News

Thermal Imaging An Asset for Local Fire Dept

The conditions were right for in-house training in the village of Lena for the Killarney-Turtle Mountain fire department this past Saturday where a house was donated to the department to train - and…

Above Normal Temperatures Going Into May

Southern Manitobans can expect to keep enjoying the warm weather we've been having. "We do see rather warmer conditions in the forecast," said Natalie Hassell of Environment and Climate Change…

Big News For Manitoba Métis Housing

The Manitoba Métis Federation had their monthly meeting in Portage last night. Director of the Southwest Region Will Goodon was one of the speakers and he shared some big news."In the federal budget…

Busy Year At The Shamrock Centre

2018 has been a busy year at the Shamrock Centre in Killarney and there’s no sign of things slowing down. The facility hosted numerous provincial events, tournaments and championships. Recreation…

BU Fine Arts Students Taking Show On The Road

Two Brandon University Bachelor of Fine Art thesis students, with the support of the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Art, will be exhibiting their artwork in Winnipeg. Jill Gervais and Jimmie…

RDI Issues Report For Boundaries Commission

The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University was contacted by the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission to report on the state of rural and northern Manitoba as part of the…

Virden Collegiate Showcasing Local Talent

Virden Collegiate will be performing the smash hit musical comedy 'The Addams Family' on May 3-5 at the Virden Aud Theatre. Dean Munchinsky is directing the play and says he's been amazed at the…

Owners Hope To Restore Shamrock Drive In

The owners of the Shamrock Drive-In, south of Killarney, still have hopes to getting the outdoor theatre back in business. Joanne and Darren Struss purchased the drive in back in 2011. The Shamrock…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login