Legal weed won't meet immediate tax windfall, Notley says
Premier Rachel Notley speaks at an event announcing new schools in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 23, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jeff McIntosh
CALGARY -- Alberta's premier is warning that there will be no immediate tax windfall once recreational marijuana use becomes legal this year.
For the first time, cannabis revenue is being factored in to Alberta's budget.
Alberta expects to take in $26 million in taxes once recreational marijuana is legalized.
But Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta expects to be in a net loss when it comes to marijuana revenue for at least two years.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has expressed concern that, so far, there has been no mention of cannabis revenue sharing with municipalities.
Notley says any initial money will be used to adjust to the change in federal law and focus on community safety.
"We (will) focus on keeping the product away from kids and that we keep the black market out of the distribution of this product," said Notley. "The distribution of any remaining funds after we've got the system in place, we will deal with then."