Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Cannabis in Hanna

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.  

Legalization of Recreational Cannabis - who's responsible for what

Federal government Government of Alberta Town of Hanna 
Responsible for:  Responsible for:  Responsible for: 
  • Possession limits
  • New criminal offences
  • Advertising
  • Impaired driving
  • Medical cannabis
  • Production
  • Age limit
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Taxation
  • Home cultivation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Impaired driving
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Taxation
  • Workplace safety
  • Distribution/wholesaling
  • Retail model
  • Retail locations and rules
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Public consumption
  • Retail locations and rules
  • Public consumption
  • Land use and zoning
  • Community Standards
  • Education 

Town of Hanna Regulations

Land Use Bylaw - Approved 

Land Use Map

Consumption Bylaw - First Reading completed Sept. 11, 2018

pdfCannabis Consumption Bylaw Approved12/10/2018

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