Cannabis: cannabis is a broad term that describes various products derived from the leaves, flowers and resins of the cannabis plant. These products exist in various forms and are used for different purposes (medical, recreational, industrial). Definition adapted from the Government of Alberta.
With the proposed legalization of cannabis expected to come into effect in 2018, the City of Leduc is currently developing new rules to accommodate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.
Currently, development permits and business licenses are not being issued for the recreational sale and production of cannabis. The City will continue to enforce existing laws related to cannabis until the new legislation takes effect. If you wish to discuss cannabis-related business, please contact a Development Officer at 780-980-7124.
In April 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018. This bill creates a framework to regulate how cannabis is produced, distributed and sold by identifying health and safety standards, establishing criminal prohibitions and defining responsibilities for provincial and municipal governments.
In November 2017, the provincial government released the first draft of Bill 26, An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis based on its Cannabis Framework.The City of Leduc will have a role to play in the legalization of cannabis related to education, retail location and rules, public consumption, and land use and zoning.
The development of the City of Leduc's bylaw and policy surrounding the legalization of cannabis is dependent upon guidelines, regulations and recommendations provided by the provincial and federal governments. It is expected that both governments will release additional legislative requirements in the coming months. As this information is provided, the city will adjust the development of its bylaws and policy accordingly to determine the best course of action in managing the legalization of cannabis.
The City of Leduc will be providing the community with many opportunities to provide feedback and input into municipal bylaw and policy surrounding the legalization of cannabis.
Learn more about the steps that the Provincial and Federal Governments are taking and where the City of Leduc fits in.