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***October 16, 2018 Update on Cannabis Legalization in Canada

The Government of Canada has legalized cannabis consumption, effective on October 17, 2018. This is a federal government decision with much of the other legislation also falling within provincial purview.

Over the summer, Town Council gave staff bylaw drafting direction on zoning for retail cannabis sales and also proposed to expand/clarify where public use of cannabis can occur. These bylaws will be presented for Council consideration in November. From a zoning perspective, retail cannabis is proposed to permitted in the Mixed-Use Commercial C2 zone. 

There are provincial and federal public use regulations you may wish to familiarize yourself with. 

Adults 19+ can generally smoke or vape cannabis in public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping are allowed. But remember, second-hand smoke can be harmful and irritating to people, especially children, so be mindful when smoking in public spaces.  However, smoking and vaping cannabis are not allowed in the following public places:

•  Playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, swimming pools and spray pools, or any decks or seating areas associated these places;
•  Public buildings, workplaces, or common areas of apartments, condos, or dormitories, and within six metres of air intakes, windows, and doorways attached to these places;
•  Regional and municipal parks, except for designated campsites;
•  Provincial parks, except for areas identified or designated;
•  Public patios;
•  Health board properties, except in designated smoking areas.

Non-medical cannabis consumption (in all forms) is banned on K-12 school properties, as well as any adjacent sidewalks or boulevards.

It’s also illegal for both driver and passenger(s) to consume non-medical cannabis in a car.

For more information on what’s legal, public use, health info, growing at home etc, please visit  and

***Posted in August, 2018
At the Special Open Council Meeting held on July 31st 2018, Council discussed rolling out a local government regulatory framework in response to federal government legislation that has legalized, strictly regulated and restricted access to cannabis, as well as provincial legislation that has allowed for non-medical cannabis retail sales in both private and public retail stores. 
Council has given staff general direction:

  • To bring forward a zoning amendment bylaw for Council consideration to introduce the permitted use of  non-medical cannabis retail sales to the Mixed Commercial–C2 zone –- which is the commercial area south of the Kicking Horse River bridge and between 6th St N and 7th St N. Any production facilities will be restricted to the Light Industrial - M2 zone.
  • To draft a policy to guide Council’s evaluation of referrals from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, which will include items such as a simple evaluation matrix for applications; application intake periods; no caps on the number of stores; and the method for gathering public input on specific applications. This process will be the same as the process for rezoning applications (two ads in the paper, a mail out and delivery to those with 100 m of the subject property, and a sign describing the application). 
  • There will also be a fee set higher than a rezoning application for processing cannabis retail referrals.
  • To draft a smoke free bylaw (no smoking) for certain areas such as the downtown core and particularly where children gather (parks, schools, libraries, local government facilities).
For more information on the federal, provincial and local government’s areas of jurisdiction please refer to the July 31st briefing note that Council reviewed prior to the discussion. The report can be viewed HERE.