In April, 2017 the Government of Canada introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. The federal bill creates a strict legal framework to control how cannabis is produced, distributed and sold. The federal bill also defines the legal age and possession amount for cannabis. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information on the federal legalization and regulation of Cannabis. In February 2018, the Government of Alberta released legislation and regulations regarding cannabis legalization. Visit the Government Alberta website to read the Alberta Cannabis Framework.
Cannabis refers to any product made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is also commonly known as ‘marijuana’, ‘weed’, or ‘pot’. It can be smoked, used with a vaporizer, or added to food or drinks. Only dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oils and seeds, and plants for personal cultivation will be legal for purchase. The sale of edible products will follow at a later date.
Many topics related to the legalization of cannabis are beyond the powers of the Town of Hanna, including at what age individuals may purchase cannabis and laws related to drug-impaired driving, but the Town of Hanna can regulate Retail Locations and Operational Rules; Land Use and Zoning; and Public Consumption.
The Town of Hanna is looking for your feedback on the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw that will be before Council in June 2018. These changes outline rules for cannabis development that will be incorporated into Hanna's existing land use bylaw. In summary, the federal and provincial frameworks allow the Town of Hanna to:
- Determine where cannabis stores can be located
- Set rules for store operation
- Develop land use regulations and
- Establish business license processes for cannabis stores
- Set and enforce rules for consuming cannabis in public
Legalization of Recreational Cannabis - who's responsible for what
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