When a treatment centre opened in Coun. Mike Nickel’s ward, he figured the city needed to do something to deal with marijuana use instead of ignoring the reality. He’s asked the administration for some background on what the feds are doing, and what bylaws on the books in Edmonton can be used to manage anything that might crop up.
“It’s zoning, it’s enforcement, it’s business licencing it’s a whole raft of things,” Nickel said in an interview.
“I finally said, we have to get ahead of this. If if this going to be the law of the land, our record of reacting to things has not been great.”
“You have to be very explicit especially when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. Whether you agree with it or not, the federal government looks hell bent on pushing the agenda, but its the municipality that’s going to deal with the consequences. So let’s get in front of this, instead of under it.”
“There is the example in Colorado when they did legalization, driving under the influence went way up so they need a way to measure this sort of stuff. There’s also all of these common sense things. You don’t go near a school, or you don’t do this, and you shouldn’t do that. We want to learn from Vancouver and Toronto, those examples. There are cases there where we really want to avoid.”
“The information is already there,” Nickel said, referring to a Jan. 2014 executive committee report compiled after a Coun. Karen Leibovici inquiry. “All I’m asking is for us to turn on our brains as an administration and city council and they can bring all of that information back to us to review.”