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Aside from what is allowable under the federal medical cannabis regulations, it is still illegal to sell, purchase and consume cannabis. The Town of Drayton Valley is not currently accepting applications for cannabis retail stores. The Town cannot issue permits for stores to sell cannabis for recreational purposes until after it is legalized by the federal government.
At its Regular Meeting on August 8, 2018, Town Council gave First Reading to three Bylaws regarding cannabis-related businesses operating in Drayton Valley. The Town’s Land Use Bylaw, Business License Bylaw and Signage Bylaw are all proposed to be amended to establish regulations for the locations and conditions associated with cannabis retail sales and cannabis counselling businesses.
A fourth Bylaw, regarding the prohibition of consumption of cannabis in public places, also received Council approval of First Reading. This Bylaw restricts the consumption of cannabis on lands owned by the Town, specifically public parks, recreation areas and streets and sidewalks.
All four of the above-noted Bylaws are available here for public review.
Members of the community are being asked to provide feedback, either in writing and submitted to the Legislative Services Coordinator by September 18th, or in person at the Public Hearings which are scheduled for the September 19, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council at 9:00 am.
Council may choose to proceed with Second and Third Readings for any or all of these Bylaws, subject to the feedback received during the consultation period.
Council provides direction regarding the preparation of Bylaws with respect to the sale and consumption of Cannabis in Drayton Valley. To read the full press release, click here.
The public may submit their feedback in writing prior to the Public Hearing or attend the Public Hearing in person on September 19, 2018 to provide their comments.
Following the comments and feedback received from the public, Council may choose to proceed with Second and Third Readings for any or all of the proposed Bylaws.
The Town has now concluded its on-line survey. For those who attended the Feedback Information Session on May 10th and participated in the on-line survey, we thank you for your time and input. Your feedback and comments have been provided to Town Council and the Mayor and Council will now work to determine the best options for the community.
The results of the on-line survey are available here: Cannabis Survey Results
This chart references which decisions and restrictions are made by the federal government, the provincial government, and which the municipality has some control over.
Please keep up with the progress of this issue for our community by referring to this page.
The following are some resources for further information regarding cannabis legalization, based on some of what the Town heard as a result of the survey:
Get answers from the Government of Canada
The process in Alberta
Age limits for access to cannabis retail stores
Store name and sign requirements
Security requirements for retail stores
Impairment and enforcement for drivers and workers
Consumption – where is it allowed based on provincial regulations?
Potential health effects and how cannabis is used
Social issues and how they are being considered
If you have any questions about the Town’s approach to cannabis legalization please contact the Town of Drayton Valley by phoning 780-514-2200 or emailing email@example.com.