Quebec municipalities want the power to regulate recreational cannabis

An association of Quebec cities and towns wants to locally regulate the consumption of recreational cannabis once it is legalized.

An association of Quebec cities and towns wants to be given all the necessary power to locally regulate the consumption of recreational cannabis once it is legalized.

Alexandre Cusson, mayor of Drummondville and head of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), says that the legalization will present many challenges to local governments and a legal framework should be established to protect their jurisdiction, particularly when it comes to establishing where cannabis can be consumed in public.

Meanwhile, Montreal executive committee member Robert Beaudry wants the province to establish a long-term agreement when it comes to sharing cannabis revenues with Quebec municipalities, adding that the city needs more financial and human resources for it to smoothly adjust to legalization.

The UMQ expects to issue guidelines to its membership to steer them through the process of legalization.

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