Feds' plan to split pot tax evenly with province isn't fair: Manitoba premier
Brian Pallister says any tax increase threatens to drive up price of legal cannabis, encourage black market
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is not happy with the federal government's plan to tax marijuana when it becomes legal next July.
Pallister also says the federal plan to split the tax evenly with the provinces isn't fair, because the provinces will bear most of the cost, including increased policing and education campaigns.
Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the government's point man on legalizing marijuana, estimates the tax would generate about $1 billion a year.
Pallister says anyone who thinks legal pot is a pot of gold for the provinces is wrong.