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The cost of legalizing marijuana in St. Albert could reach $3.53 million in 2018 with ongoing costs of up to $2.2 million per year.
A report from city staff, which councillors will review Monday, puts one-time and ongoing costs for 2018 at between $1.96 million and $3.53 million, while recurring costs are estimated to fall between $1.6 million and $2.2 million. Those costs could change by up to 50 per cent between now and July 1 depending on the provincial and federal legislation.
The report was written by Paul Edginton, manager of corporate planning for the city of St. Albert.
The majority of costs are expected to be for enforcement, with the city budgeting for up to 10 new RCMP officers and up to five new municipal enforcement officers at a cost of between $1.2 million and $2.5 million.
Proposed changes to St. Albert’s procedural bylaw will require some speakers to register five business days in advance. On Monday, council passed the first and…