Milk River cannabis by­law in place

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Prairies - BY HEATHER CAMERON

Smok­ing, va­p­ing, or con­sum­ing cannabis in pub­lic places is il­le­gal within Milk River as of Oc­to­ber 17.

“Coun­cil deems it nec­es­sary to im­pose ad­di­tional re­stric­tions on the smok­ing, va­p­ing and all other forms of con­sump­tion of cannabis in pub­lic places to pre­vent be­hav­iours and con­duct that may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­joy­ment of pub­lic places,” ex­plains Ryan Leuzinger, the Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer for the Town of Milk River.

Leuzinger says that the Town Coun­cil re­viewed what other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were do­ing, re­viewed ap­pli­ca­ble leg­is­la­tion, and drafted the by­law.

Prior to se­cond read­ing of the by­law, Leuzinger says that medic­i­nal mar­i­juana was ex­empt from this by­law.

But the com­mu­nity wanted medic­i­nal mar­i­juana in­cluded within the re­stric­tion of all cannabis con­sump­tion in pub­lic spa­ces and so the Coun­cil agreed to in­clude medic­i­nal mar­i­juana with the re­stric­tion.

If a peace of­fi­cer be­lieves that a per­son has con­tra­vened any pro­vi­sion of this By­law, Leuzinger says the of­fi­cer may is­sue a vi­o­la­tion ticket in ac­cor­dance with the Pro­vin­cial Of­fences Pro­ce­dure Act and the ticket will cost any­where from $50 to $100. Tick­ets may or may not also re­quire a court ap­pear­ance to pay the fee. “The com­mu­nity's re­ac­tion to the by­law has been pos­i­tive,” Leuzinger said.

Milk River has had its cannabis by­law in place since mid-Oct­ber.

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