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The Town of Didsbury's Approach to Recreational Cannabis Legalization
 
The federal government introduced legislation to legalize recreational (non-medical) cannabis by 2018. The Town of Didsbury is now required to take steps to ensure its own bylaws, policies, procedures are aligned with the legislation being passed down. Doing so will ensure the legislation's successful integration process. The federal and provincial regulations are currently being put in place, and the Town of Didsbury is required to determine who, where, when and how cannabis will be possessed, sold and consumed within the Town. 
 
THROUGH PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT THE TOWN OF DIDSBURY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WILL PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE FORMATION OF THE TOWNS BYLAWS AND POLICIES AS THEY RELATE TO LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL CANNABIS. 
 
Click the link below to be redirected to an important survey
regarding the legalization of cannabis in the Town of Didsbury.
The Legalization of Recreational Cannabis and the Town of Didsbury SURVEY

Overview
Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) is currently being reviewed by the Senate of Canada. Bill C-45 is a piece of government legislation that would legalize access to cannabis in Canada. Bill C-45 would also control and regulate how cannabis is grown, distributed and sold. This Act is in respect to cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts. 
 
It was put forward that the current program for accessing cannabis for medical purposes would continue under the new Act, and that recreational cannabis would remain illegal until the proposed Cannabis Act was brought into force. 
 
The Alberta Government subsequently developed the Alberta Cannabis Framework, indicating how the province intends to achieve the following policy objectives: 
  1. Keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. 
  2. Protecting safety of roads, in workplaces and public spaces. 
  3. Protecting public health
  4. Limiting the illegal market for cannabis. 
The Alberta government passed Bill 26: An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis on November 30, 2017 "to empower elements of the framework through legalization, which are largely in the form of amendments to the Game and Liquor Act.  
 
The federal government has given municipalities the ability to alter rules and regulations to be more or less restrictive than those proposed by the federal and provincial governments. The roles and responsibilities of the legalization of cannabis by the Town of Didsbury include: 
  1. Education
  2. Taxation
  3. Cannabis Retail and Production locations and potential setbacks. 
  4. Consumption Areas
  5. Land Use Zoning
  6. Potential Hours of Operation
Through the process of public engagement, the Town of Didsbury will analyze the surveys to inform the process of amending the Town's Bylaw. 
 
Click the link below to be redirected to an important survey
regarding the legalization of cannabis in the Town of Didsbury.

 
The following links will provide more detail on the legislation of legalizing cannabis.