Cannabis Legalization

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.
 

Public Hearings

DATE NOTICE OF HEARING BYLAW
May 14, 2018 Proposed amendment to Land Use Bylaw Bylaw 970-2017
May 14, 2018 Proposed amendment to Business Licence Bylaw Bylaw 971-2017
TBD Proposed amendment to Community Standards Bylaw regarding Public Consumption  

Background 

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. 
 

Community Engagement

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. 
 

Cannabis Legalization Timeline

Learn more about the steps that the Provincial and Federal Governments are taking and where the City of Leduc fits in.

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Government Roles and Responsibilities

Each level of government has a different set of roles and responsibilities when it comes to the legalization of cannabis

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Cannabis Awareness and Education

If you would like to learn more about cannabis, the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta have a number of online resources available.

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