“Grass” tax share wan­ted

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The On­ta­rio go­vern­ment plans to go in­to the re­crea­tio­nal ma­ri­jua­na sale bu­si­ness once the fe­de­ral le­ga­li­za­tion of the nar­co­tic takes ef­fect la­ter this year. Cham­plain Town­ship coun­cil thinks that if the pro­vince is going to make money from a new “sin tax” then mu­ni­ci­pal go­vern­ments should be en­tit­led to a share. Town­ship coun­cil di­rec­ted ad­mi­nis­tra­tion, du­ring its Jan. 9 ses­sion, to draft a re­so­lu­tion for re­view and ap­pro­val at a fu­ture mee­ting. The re­so­lu­tion will pro­pose that the pro­vin­cial go­vern­ment, and the fe­de­ral go­vern­ment if ne­ces­sa­ry, set up a ma­ri­jua­na tax re­bate pro­gram si­mi­lar to the ga­so­line tax re­bate pro­gram, which be­ne­fits mu­ni­ci­pal in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams. Mayor Ga­ry Bar­ton said it was a good idea though he doub­ted that Cham­plain Town­ship it­self would ever have an On­ta­rio ma­ri­jua­na dis­pen­sa­ry si­mi­lar to the LCBO.–

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