December 20, 2018
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders.
The Progressive Conservative government is requiring all cannabis retailers to pay what it calls a social responsibility fee. The levy amounts to six per cent of each retailer’s total annual revenues, starting in 2019.
The annual fee is to be paid within six months after the year ends. Stores on reserves will not be exempt, Pallister said.
“And any company in Manitoba that wants to market cannabis — whether it’s on-reserve, off-reserve, on urban reserves, I do not care — shares that social responsibility.”
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