Ottawa to skim minimum $1 per gram in Pot tax, Cities demand a cut

The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana has already generated a spat with the provinces over how potentially lucrative tax revenue will be divided.

Now a new player has entered the fray: Canada’s cities are demanding they be given a share of the revenue pie to help cover costs associated with legalization.

In a letter from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Canada’s cities say they also want the federal government to cover start-up costs of transitioning to a new regime.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Oooh the tax thieves are getting told by the local mafia they want their cut. Pop the popcorn, bring on the home brew.

    • Ed

      Nobody will know how to bypass taxes. They’ll just pay them… because there are no other solutions.

      • Tooth&Claw

        Ed, what makes you think anyone is going to go through government pot dispensaries? Inferior product, inflated prices, just like booze.

        • Del Evans

          Go once. Get and keep the receipt and packaging. Then fill that baggy with the weed of your choice.

  • simus1

    With all these “start up expenses” plus the well known fact that pot damages health much more severely than tobacco, with future lawsuits aplenty a certainty down the road….. Shouldn’t governments be thinking about a white privilege surtax paid by white customers only and legalize all rec pharma at the same time ?
    This would certainly assist the present visible minority small resellers who are going to be thrown back on welfare and violent criminality for making a living instead of growing their businesses.

  • canminuteman

    We’ll be subsidizing the pay of the MCBO before this is over because they won’t make enough money to run the stores.

  • Linda1000

    How much is a gram of dried pot as in quantity not weight approx. – 1/2 cup, 1 cup? I only visualize baking measurements.

    • mobuyus

      A tablespoon if broken up, a teaspoon if in bud form.

      • Linda1000

        Wow, that’s all? How many regular cigarettes can you make with that – maybe three. Must be expensive to buy so no wonder people grow their own.
        I’m going to weigh some dried parsley leaves to see how much quantity I need to make one gram.

        • mobuyus

          To modest joints per gram. Good luck with your kitchen experimentation’s Linda 1000.

          • Linda1000

            Okay, I believe your measurements of
            1 g = 1 tablespoon. lol
            My dumb Weight Watchers scale is not precise enough as the intervals are in 10 g. I measured dried thyme and got 3 Tblsp = 10 g so I reduced it down to 2.5 g = .75 T. or 3/4 of a Tblsp. The gov’t is dreaming if they think they can charge $8/gram for legal pot.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In California the move to legalize and tax weed will likely drive the price higher than it is today thereby perpetuating an illegal market

    • bob e

      ha ha .. and it sure is gonna help thing in general ..

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  • Sharkibark

    The Ontario government will be the first drug dealer in the history of drug dealers to lose money selling pot.

  • Bataviawillem

    That legal gov. weed is pretty pricy, about double of the illegal street weed

  • UCSPanther

    I hear the black market coming back…

  • ontario john

    So “Smokin Justin” wants 50 per cent of the taxes raised, even though the provinces provide all the services, like stores, policing, etc. But please don’t think the whole thing was just a tax grab by the feds. Neither was the carbon tax.

  • ontario john

    Well, at least the whiny indians will have something else to sell cheap on the reserves.

  • People actually voted for this.

  • moraywatson

    Meanwhile, still trying to figure out where I’m supposed to go in Ontario to legally buy the four pot plants I’m allowed to possess under proposed federal law.

    • Linda1000

      I would like to know how law enforcement is going to keep track of four plants turning into eight plants and increasing every year in gardens or as houseplants.

  • Gary

    10 years ago I was laughing at all the pot heads that promised that the taxes from pot would pay off the debt and leave billions for social programs and FREE college.

    Right…..Toronto is screaming towards a $6 billion dollar debt with a homeless crisis and 300,000+ illegals entitled to welfare while it throws money at Street festivals and ARTS community because each Event Group uses the same Consultant that puts THEIR name on the same report claiming that it brings in $150,000,000.00 by Tourism for Toronto.
    Ontario Liberal’s are set to BUY another election even if it speeds up its Debt towards $400 billion.


    Don’t forget the layers and layers of Government employee jobs that will be created to enforce the vague rules where Government lawyers won’t even understand them .

  • ontario john

    Its quite the vice racket the Ontario government will have going. Casinos, lotteries, smokes, horse racing, booze, and now drugs. When will they get into prostitution. They are already vote whores.

    • Clausewitz

      Careful there John. Up next, contract killings. I hear Hillary may be going international.

  • K1

    criminal laughs all the way to the bank
    …and the working/muddled classes get their taxes raised

  • Del Evans

    The government cannot sell pot for the same price as street dealers and realize a profit. That means, until they raise the price in a few years, every gram will be subsidized by the taxpayer. If you think I’m wrong on that get those freedom of information requests going.

  • Alain

    A lesson in how to create and enhance the black market.