As of October 17, 2018, the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis was legalized. Municipalities play an important role in cannabis legislation relating to land use, business licensing, and consumption.

 Consuming Cannabis

The Cannabis Consumption Bylaw (Bylaw 2595/G/18) takes a "zero public consumption" stance and bans the smoking or vaping of cannabis in any public place within Stony Plain limits. The bylaw states property owners must secure any cannabis plants grown on their property with a fence or structure. It also states cannabis may not be transported by vehicle unless it is in closed packaging and out of reach of the driver and other passengers. 

Stony Plain Community Peace Officers may give violation tickets for a fine of $287 to those who do not follow the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw. Individuals with medical cannabis licences are not subject to the bylaw, but must provide a copy of their documentation if asked by an officer. These individuals must follow provincial consumption regulations. 

Cultivating Cannabis 

Cannabis cultivation regulations are the same as those set by the Federal Government and the Government of Alberta. In Stony Plain: 

  • A maximum of four (4) legal cannabis plants may be grown per residence. 
  • Cannabis plants may be grown anywhere on an individual's property.  
  • Cannabis plants must be secured by a fence or structure. 

Land Use Bylaw and Cannabis Retail Sales

The Cannabis Land Use Bylaw (Bylaw 2592/LUO/18) states any cannabis retail store must be at least 200m from schools or provincial health care facilities. The separation distance will be measured from the property line of the school or health care facility to the closest point of the cannabis retail store. 

Any cannabis retail store must be at least 100m from public playgrounds, parks, and recreation centres. The separation distance will be measured from the edges of the park or structure to the closest part of the cannabis retail store. 

Any site proposed for retail sale of cannabis must be at least 150m from any existing or proposed cannabis retail store. The separation distance will be measured from the cannabis retail store to the closet point of the other cannabis retail store. 

Business Licensing 

The Business License Bylaw  (Bylaw 2596/LIC/18) includes definitions and fees for cannabis retail sales and production. 

The fees are meant to offset the costs of potential appeals, communications, and municipal enforcement associated with the legalization of recreational cannabis. The fees include: 

  • A business licence fee of $1,000 for cannabis retail stores and distribution facilities. 
  • A one-time fee calculated based on the size of the store or facility.  

Please see the Business Licenses page for more information on how to get a license. 

AGLC Legislation 

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) allows cannabis retail stores to be open from 10AM to 2AM. 

Those interested in selling cannabis in Stony Plain must first get a retail cannabis store licence from the AGLC before they receive one from the Town of Stony Plain. 

To receive approval from the AGLC, you must first apply for a development permit with the Town of Stony Plain. Once you have completed all requirements, the Town will complete the "AGLC Municipal Information - Cannabis Retail Store" document for you to present to the AGLC.