Council sets direction for cannabis retail sales in Golden Print Article Font Size
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.