PC Leader Karla MacFarlane says the McNeil government must provide financial support to municipalities that will bear the policing costs for cannabis enforcement.
Today, MacFarlane introduced amendments to the Municipal Grants Act that would require the Government of Nova Scotia to provide financial assistance to municipalities for any increased policing costs contributed to the legalization of cannabis.
“Cannabis legislation has been rammed through across the country and despite many unanswered questions, legalization is almost upon us,” says MacFarlane. “Nova Scotia municipalities should not have to bear financial burden of policing this new legislation.”
According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, additional policing costs would be about $2.25-3.25 million per 500,000 people.
MacFarlane says this legislation is the right thing to do to keep our local communities safe.
“We need strong enforcement of cannabis which means providing people on the frontlines with ongoing training and support to detect impaired driving and protect public safety,” says MacFarlane. “We urge the Liberal government to commit to this additional funding for municipal policing and start this province on the best and safest path.”
The Bill can be found on the Nova Scotia Legislature website.