B.C. says 50/50 pot tax split with Feds not good enough

By The Canadian Press
November 10, 2017 - 3:22pm

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VICTORIA - British Columbia says Ottawa's plans to split marijuana tax revenues on a 50-50-basis are not good enough for the province.

Finance Minister Carole James said the province bears most of the responsibilities for the costs of enforcing marijuana laws but is slated to receive only half the revenue.

She said she'll consult with her provincial counterparts about B.C.'s objections and make her views known to the federal government.

Ottawa proposed an excise tax of $1 per gram of marijuana or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher, when recreational use of cannabis becomes legal in July.

James said B.C. and the other provinces must fund costly public education, prevention and police patrol programs.

The tax revenue split idea had already rankled premiers who complained this fall that their governments bear more of the costs for policing, distributing and regulating legal pot sales.

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