Mayor Dilkens Wants Windsor To Be Prepared For The Legalization of Marijuana


Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens believes there will be some social impacts due to the legalization of marijuana.

Speaking on AM800's the Morning Drive, Dilkens says he is not against the legalization of marijuana.

" I think it makes a lot of sense and I think the current legislation has probably made criminals out of a lot of folks who are otherwise law abiding," says Dilkens.

But he says there will be some implications, especially in border cities like Windsor, and communities need to be prepared for them.

He pointed out police and how they will deal with impaired driving and marijuana as an example of one of the social impacts.

"This is going to change some things and there is going to be some social impacts that impact our community and other communities across Canada," he says.  "I know there is lots of revenue flowing from the taxation of legalized marijuana, how does that flow down to municipalities to be able to effectively deal with some of the social problems that are going to happen and some of the policing problems that are going to happen."

Last week, the Liberal government introduced legislation to make the use of recreational cannabis legal by July 1, 2018.  

The sale of marijuana will be restricted to people age 18 and older, although provinces would have the jurisdiction to increase their own minimum age. 

Adults, ages 18 years of age and older, would be allowed to publicly possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and people would be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants.