Province to give municipalities $40-million to deal with implementation of legal weed

CKTB News- Legal Weed

The Liberal government says it will give municipalities 40-million dollars to help with implementation costs related to the legalization of recreational marijuana.

It says the funding over two years will come from the province's portion of federal excise duty on recreational cannabis -- and if that portion exceeds 100-million dollars municipalities will get 50 per cent of the surplus.

The province says it's also taking additional steps to help law enforcement ensure communities and roads are safe -- including funding sobriety field test training for police officers to help detect impaired drivers and creating a specialized legal team to support drug-impaired driving prosecutions.

The government says it will also be increasing capacity at the province's Centre of Forensic Sciences to support toxicological testing and raising awareness of the new provincial rules that will take effect when cannabis is legalized later this year.

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