Prov­inces, feds to de­bate price tag on le­gal pot

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Gov­ern­ments from across the coun­try will meet next month to de­bate a key ques­tion about Canada’s even­tual recre­ational-mar­i­juana mar­ket — how much should users pay for their pot? Fed­eral Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau says cannabis tax­a­tion will be on the agenda when he meets with his pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial coun­ter­parts. Morneau says the Trudeau govern­ment has be­gun de­sign­ing a tax­a­tion regime — but he in­sists the top con­cerns for Ot­tawa re­main get­ting weed out of the hands of young Cana­di­ans and the black mar­ket. He’s been adamant that max­i­miz­ing fed­eral rev­enues will not be the pri­or­ity when it comes to pot and he’s sug­gested the feds favour keep­ing prices com­pet­i­tive in or­der to wipe out the il­le­gal mar­ket.

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