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Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis Survey

The Federal Government introduced Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada; Cannabis became legal on October 17, 2018, , and provisions will be made for consumption of cannabis products such as edibles, as of October 17, 2019. 

Over the past two years, we have connected with residents to talk about Cannabis Legalization through two drop-in sessions and an online survey, gathering feedback about consumption, production and distribution, and retail sales. Sturgeon County is working to manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interests of our community and based on the feedback that was received, and we would like to share the proposed approach to manage the legalization of Cannabis.

Sturgeon County has currently proposed Bylaw 1436/19 to amend the Land Use Bylaw and allow for certain cannabis related uses within Sturgeon County. This Bylaw proposes to allow standard-sized production and distribution facilities in medium to heavy industrial areas, and to allow micro-sized production and distribution facilities within agricultural parcels. It also proposes for retail facilities to be allowed in commercial areas and puts forward specific regulations that will regulate the impacts of these facilities on surrounding land uses.

The public hearing for this Bylaw 1436/19 was opened and recessed on June 25, 2019, considering notable proposed amendments. These amendments include modifications to property line setbacks, setbacks between dwellings and micro-production facilities, and setbacks from public institutions including, but not limited to, schools and provincial healthcare facilities. The public hearing continues and will now be held on Tuesday August 27th at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers.

A draft of the originally proposed Bylaw 1436/19 can be found by clicking here
A draft of the currently proposed Bylaw 1436/19 can be found by clicking here.

In case you missed the Cannabis Legalization Drop In Sessions, you can check out the info boards from the event by clicking here. 

Consuming Cannabis – What You Need to Know

Alberta has set the minimum age for purchase and consumption of cannabis at 18. Public smoking or vaping of cannabis in Alberta will be prohibited from any place where tobacco is restricted, and in the following places:

* On any hospital property, school property or child care facility property

* In or within a prescribed distance from:

  • a playground
  • a sport or playing field 
  • a skateboard or bicycle park 
  • a zoo
  • an outdoor theatre 
  • an outdoor pool or splash pad and; from any motor vehicles, with the exception of those being used as a temporary residence, such as a parked RV.

Next steps will involve monitoring other municipalities regulations and further public discussion regarding the land use bylaw that will look at everything from cannabis production facilities to storage and distribution.

Cannabis Survey Results

In spring of 2018, Sturgeon County opened a public online survey as part of the public engagement strategy for developing municipal cannabis regulations. 

The results can be viewed here.


For more information:

Colin Krywiak

Phone: 780-939-8275