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Legal cannabis will cost local police force more than $1 million a year

A city administration report from Regina, Sask. has found legal cannabis will cost the Regina Police Service “more than a million dollars a year.”

March 13, 2018  By Staff

Councillors voted recently to allow six marijuana retailers into the city when pot becomes legal, which is the maximum number allowed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. They also approved the report overall, which laid out recommendations to prepare for legalization, such as developing zoning regulations.

The report states the police department expects legal marijuana to cost between $1.2 million and $1.8 million per year.

According to local media reports, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray “explained those figures represent between 1.6 per cent and 2.2 per cent of the police force’s operating budget, which is in line with what police in York, Ont., and Edmonton, Alta. expect to spend.”

The report noted purchasing roadside screening devices would also cost around $25,000 in 2018 and $50,000 for future years.

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