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.

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