B.C. says pot tax split with feds not good enough

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER -

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 says the prov­ince bears most of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the costs of en­forc­ing mar­i­juana laws but is slated to re­ceive only half of the rev­enue.

She says she will con­sult with her pro­vin­cial coun­ter­parts about B.C.’s ob­jec­tions and make her views known to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Ot­tawa is propos­ing 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.

“I’m tak­ing the fed­eral min­is­ter at his word that this is a con­sul­ta­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tion, so I’m look­ing for­ward to that con­ver­sa­tion,” said James. “To look at a 50-50 split when we’re tak­ing more of the share of re­spon­si­bil­ity here in B.C. just isn’t fair and cer­tainly isn’t go­ing to work for our prov­ince.”

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