Vernon mayor says no to marijuana in liquor stores

By Pete McIntyre / KISS FM Vernon
October 30, 2017 - 4:03pm

VERNON, B.C. — Vernon’s mayor is not a fan of the liquor store model Ontario plans to use once recreational marijuana use is allowed next year.

Akbal Mund says it will lead to more people trying out the product.

“You`re opening it up to a whole new clientele. If you sell marijuana at the same place you sell liquor, tell you what, everybody drinks liquor. Now do you provide the temptation for somebody to go in there and say,hmm, you know what, I got marijuana I can have too. Why not try it. I just think it should be privatized.“

Mund says municipalities also want a share of the tax revenue to pay for extra bylaw and police enforcement.

“We would not be able to administer anything that the province would download to us. We just can`t do it. Somebody is going to have to come up with some dollars if they want us to administer some bylaws or anything.“

The BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police is also supporting municipalities which it says will need the money for enforcement.

BC residents can give online input on cannabis regulation until this Wednesday.

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