Open House on changes for bylaw for Cannabis retail |





In April, 2017 the Government of Canada introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. The federal bill creates a strict legal framework to control how cannabis is produced, distributed and sold. The federal bill also defines the legal age and possession amount for cannabis. Visit theGovernment of Canada website for more information on the federal legalization and regulation of Cannabis. In February 2018, the Government of Alberta released legislation and regulations regarding cannabis legalization. Visit the Government of Alberta website to read the Alberta Cannabis Framework.
Cannabis refers to any product made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. It is also commonly known as 'marijuana', 'weed', or 'pot'. It can be smoked, used with a vaporizer, or added to food or drinks. Only dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oils and seeds, and plants for personal cultivation will be legal for purchase. The sale of edible products will follow at a later date.
Many topics related to the legalization of cannabis are beyond the powers of the Town of Drumheller, including at what age individuals may purchase cannabis and laws related to drug-impaired driving, but the Town of Drumheller can regulate Retail Locations and Operational Rules; Land Use and Zoning; and Public Consumption.
The Town of Drumheller is looking for your feedback on the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw that will be before Council in June 2018. These changes outline rules for cannabis development that will be incorporated into Drumheller's existing land use bylaw. This Bylaw will 
• Determine where cannabis stores can be located
• Set rules for store operation
• Develop land use regulations and
• Establish business license processes for cannabis store

Discussions will follow on rules for public consumption