White­court prepa­ra­tions for le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis

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The le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis across Canada came into ef­fect on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17.

The Town of White­court has been work­ing over the last sev­eral months to amend its Land Use By­law and Com­mu­nity Stan­dards By­law to pre­pare for this up­com­ing leg­isla­tive change.

On Oc­to­ber 17, Town of White­court By­law 1475-1 came into ef­fect which amends Com­mu­nity Stan­dards By­law 1475 to reg­u­late the recre­ational use of cannabis.

• By­law 1475-1 pro­hibits recre­ational con­sump­tion of cannabis in all pub­lic ar­eas. Pub­lic ar­eas in­clude: parks, re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, mu­nic­i­pal roads, side­walks, and pedes­trian walk­ways.

• Recre­ational use of cannabis will be lim­ited to res­i­dences and pri­vate prop­erty (with owner’s con­sent) within the Town of White­court.

• Town of White­court Peace Of­fi­cers and the RCMP may is­sue a vi­o­la­tion ticket for a fine of $300.00 (for first of­fences) to those who fail to fol­low the reg­u­la­tions out­lined in Com­mu­nity Stan­dards By­law 14751.

• The by­law does not ap­ply to those with a med­i­cal cannabis li­cence. These in­di­vid­u­als must pro­vide proof of li­cence upon re­quest by an of­fi­cer. Those with med­i­cal cannabis li­cences will still have to fol­low pro­vin­cial con­sump­tion reg­u­la­tions.

Although the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta has pro­vided reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing con­sump­tion of cannabis provin­cially, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to reg­u­late lo­cal con­sump­tion in a way that best fits their own com­mu­nity. White­court’s de­ci­sion to pro­hibit recre­ational use of cannabis in all pub­lic places was based on com­ments and feed­back re­ceived through pub­lic­consul­ta­tion ini­tia­tives. Fur­ther de­tails on By­law 1475-1 can be found on found on our web­site at:

• www.white­court.ca/Gov­ern­ment/Cannabis-Le­gal­iza­tion

The Land Use By­law has been amended to al­low for re­tail cannabis stores to de­velop in cer­tain land use districts.

In­for­ma­tion on the guide­lines for cannabis re­tail stores and per­mit re­quire­ments can be found on www.white­court.ca.

All cannabis re­tail stores are re­quired to be li­cenced by the Al­berta Liquor, Gam­ing and Cannabis (AGLC).

The Town of White­court is pre­par­ing in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial and ad­ver­tise­ments for res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers de­tail­ing how this leg­is­la­tion may im­pact them. Com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged to visit our web­site for in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal reg­u­la­tions and links to other sites with in­for­ma­tion on fed­eral and pro­vin­cial cannabis-re­lated leg­is­la­tion.

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