Frequently Asked Questions

What is defined as “cannabis use”?
Cannabis use is defined as the smoking, vaping, ingestion or application of cannabis and cannabis products.

Are edibles included as part of legalization?
The sale and production of edibles is not permitted under federal regulations, although the government has committed to addressing it in the near future.

What is the legal age?
The provincial government has set the minimum age for purchase and consumption of cannabis at 18, which aligns with the current minimum age for purchasing and consuming alcohol and tobacco.

How much cannabis am I allowed to possess in public?
Adults are allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in a public place.

How many plants may I grow?
Adults are able to grow up to four plants per household from seeds purchased from licensed cannabis retailers.

Is cannabis odour covered in the new regulations?
Cannabis odour is not covered in the city’s current regulations. Just as residents may have a fire pit in their backyards, residents are also able to use cannabis in their backyards. However, if you are using cannabis, be conscious about how the odour may impact your neighbours.

What are the consequences of driving while impaired by cannabis?
Driving while impaired by cannabis has the same consequences as driving while impaired by alcohol. The provincial government has made amendments to the Traffic Safety Act to address all forms of impairment and will be increasing public awareness about the risks of driving while impaired by cannabis.

How does legalization impact medicinal cannabis users?
Legalization of recreational cannabis does not impact current regulations in place for medicinal cannabis use. Like recreational cannabis use, medicinal use is permitted only at home or on private property. 

What rules are there to regulate cannabis stores?
Cannabis stores in Leduc are regulated by the Land Use and Business Licence Bylaws. These bylaws define areas where cannabis stores may be established and include required setbacks from other cannabis and liquor stores as well as places such as schools, daycares and parks. All stores in Alberta are regulated by the provincial government through the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

What role do the provincial and federal government play?
Each level of government plays a different role in regulating cannabis use and sales. The federal government created the Cannabis Act which provides laws for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. The provincial government developed a Cannabis Framework that provides oversight of distribution, tools for enforcement and employers and regulates consumption. As a municipality, the City of Leduc is responsible for regulating businesses and public use, as well as enforcing all provincial and federal regulations.