Stony Plain Town Council held a public hearing for the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw (Bylaw 2595/G/18) during their Regular Meeting on September 10. The “zero public consumption” bylaw was drafted by Administration in preparation for the upcoming federal legalization of recreational cannabis with the passing of the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45).
“While drafting this bylaw, Administration reviewed bylaws adopted by other municipalities across Alberta, including the City of Spruce Grove and the City of Calgary,” says Karl Hill, General Manager of Community and Protective Services. “In our research, we found many municipalities are taking a consistent approach and adopting zero public consumption regulations.”
The Government of Alberta has legislation in place allowing Albertans to consume cannabis in their homes, but banning use in places such as: the property of hospitals, schools, or childcare facilities; on, or within a designated distance from, playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities; at cannabis retail locations; or in motor vehicles (with the exception of those being used as temporary residences, such as parked RVs).
Along with adhering to the provincial legislation, municipalities have been given the option of creating additional restrictions on public consumption of cannabis within their boundaries. Stony Plain’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaw will prohibit the smoking, vaping, and/or consumption of cannabis in any public place within town limits. The bylaw also dictates property owners must ensure any cannabis plants grown on their property are contained by a secure fence or structure, and prohibits vehicle transportation of cannabis unless it is contained in closed packaging and out of reach of the driver and other occupants.
“This is a historic time of great change for Canadians and within all levels of government,” says Mayor William Choy. “As always, the safety and wellbeing of residents are our main priorities. We are grateful to everyone who has attended Public Hearings, completed our survey, or otherwise shared their thoughts and questions with us. Your feedback is extremely valuable. This has been a tremendous learning experience and, as time goes on, we will continue to review and adjust as necessary.”
Stony Plain Community Peace Officers will have the authority to issue violation tickets for a fine of $287 to those who fail to adhere to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw. Individuals in possession of medicinal cannabis licenses will not be subject to the bylaw, but must produce a copy of their documentation upon request by an officer. The Cannabis Consumption Bylaw will take full effect the day the federal Cannabis Act comes into force. For more information, visit www.stonyplain.com/cannabis.
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