Whitecourt preparations for legalization of cannabis
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:
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.