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Town of Black Diamond Cannabis Public Consultation Survey

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis. There will be new federal, provincial and municipal processes for cannabis production, sale and consumption.

The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. The Town of Black Diamond is reviewing Federal and Provincial direction and legislation as it becomes available, to help manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interest of the community. Municipalities, including the Town of Black Diamond, still require details and further clarification from the federal and provincial government in areas such as public health and education, law enforcement, taxation revenue distribution and facility access. Municipalities may need to create or change various services, policies and bylaw to accommodate legalization, ie Land Use Bylaw, Public Order Bylaw, Parks Bylaw, Fire Inspection Bylaw.

The Federal and provincial frameworks allow the Town of Black Diamond to:

  • determine where cannabis stores can be located and rules for store operation
  • develop land use regulations and business license processes for cannabis stores
  • set and enforce rules for consuming cannabis in public

Please review the Government of Alberta’s Approach to Cannabis Legislation webpage for more information.  https://www.alberta.ca/cannabis-legalization.aspx

The following survey, originally intended for public input, has been amended to assist Council in preparing legislation for the eventual legalization of non-medical cannabis. Federal and provincial legislation allow municipalities develop a cannabis strategy to:

  • Determine where retail cannabis stores can be located and rules for store operation
  • Develop land use regulations and business license processes for retail cannabis stores
  • Set and enforce rules for consuming cannabis in public.

Click here to take the survey

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