Cannabis Milestones and Note on the City’s Budget

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Greetings Ward 14!

When you are searching for a way to begin one of these columns you usually look for something emblematic of the month you are writing about. You search for something universal. You look for something everyone can relate to.

The leaf is as good an emblem as any for the month of October. Every Calgarian can relate to the leaves changing colour, jumping in a pile of them as a kid, or raking up a pile as an adult. Leaves are going to take on a completely new significance for all Canadians in October of 2018 though, and I am not talking about the ones from a maple tree.

Cannabis – A significant milestone

I touched on this topic in May, and again in August. The saga is not over, but in October we reach a significant milestone. Buying and smoking cannabis for recreation will be legal on October 17. You can read more about it at calgary.ca/ward14newsletter.

A quick note on the City’s budget

In November, we will approve the City’s financial plan—and consequently its priorities—for the next four years. I want to take a moment to remind everyone to visit calgary.ca/yourservices, calgary.ca/ourfinances, and contact me if you have any questions or thoughts to share.

Don’t forget to visit calgary.ca/ward14newsletter for the full version of this column, and feel free to contact me any time. The best way to do so is by visiting calgary.ca/contactward14.

-Councillor Peter Demong