Calgary’s medical marijuana program has struggled to make up for its $6 million annual budget gap.
But that won’t stop city councillors from taking action.
The city’s executive committee will vote on a motion Tuesday to allocate $7.2 million in 2017-18 to expand its citywide program.
The province has committed to spend $8 million on the program, but the city’s budget includes only about $500,000 from the province.
The executive committee is set to consider the motion at its meeting next Tuesday.
It will then consider it again on Dec. 12, at which point a final vote on the funding will be held.
Council voted in September to increase the citywide marijuana program’s funding from $1 million to $5.2 billion.
The $5 billion figure is more than the city had been spending on its own medical marijuana plan.
The city’s 2016-17 budget had earmarked $4.3 million for the program.
A spokesperson for the city says the city has also allocated $1.5 million to other programs.