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Cannabis legalization

In the summer of 2018, the Federal Government plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use across Canada. Cannabis refers to products made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. You may have also heard it called marijuana or pot.

Currently, it is only legal to use cannabis if you have a medical prescription. Once recreational cannabis is legalized, we would have 8-12 weeks to finalize their own regulations and bylaws.

Current status:

The Municipality is aligned with current proposed federal and provincial laws and regulations and is bringing forward proposed changes to Council on the Land Use Bylaw, Smoking Bylaw and Business License Bylaw. First reading of these proposed bylaw changes is expected to take place on June 12, 2018 at a public Council meeting. Should the proposed bylaw changes pass first reading, a public hearing would be then scheduled in the weeks following first reading.

The Municipality’s recommendations are based on best practice research, collaboration with other municipalities in Alberta, meetings with various stakeholders and information gathered from residents from an online survey and at the 13 public engagement sessions held across the region from Feb. 20 to May 23, 2018.

Please note we are not currently finalizing any business licence applications or development permits for cannabis retail stores and/or cannabis production and distribution facilities. Selling and producing cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal in Canada.

For more information, please take a look at one of the tabs on the left hand side of this page. You can also contact PULSE at 780.743.7000 or pulse@rmwb.ca.