Cannabis Legalization


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Last year, a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by was introduced by the Government of Canada. Each level of government has different responsibilities that pertain to the legalization.

Municipalities (like the City of Chestermere) will have the authority to make decisions about:

  • Retail locations and rules for businesses
  • Rules for public consumption
  • Enforcement of regulations for legalized recreational cannabis
  • Education of citizens for legalized recreational cannabis
  • Consideration for appropriate land uses and zoning locations

Over the next several months, the City of Chestermere will be amending its bylaws and policies to prepare for the nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis. 

Note for potential retailers:

The City of Chestermere has NOT yet passed any regulations allowing for cannabis production nor sale in Chestermere. Please check in with the Economic Development team if you are interested in exploring this type of business. Please call 403-207-7065 for more information.

Latest Updates:

September 18, 2018: Public Hearing
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Public Hearing on Cannabis Land Use Bylaw Amendments at City Hall (Council Chambers, City Hall 5pm). Read the Agenda here. 

September 8, 2018: Open House

Saturday, September 8, 2018 – City of Chestermere Open House on Cannabis Land Use Bylaw Amendments at the Chestermere County Fair Indoor Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at the Rec Centre.

August 2018: 1st Reading of Land Use Bylaw Amendments
Staff recommend Land Use Bylaw changes for legalized cannabis-related development. 
Read the Request for Bylaw Reading here (starts on page 58) 

July 2018: Council Update

Staff provided Council with an update on the process of the Land Use Amendment being drafted. 
Read the report here. 

June 2018: Council Update
Staff provided Council with an update on the process of the policy being drafted. Read the report here (starts on page 85). 
The Federal Government has announced that legalization will occur on October 17, 2018

April 2018 Public Engagement
As the City begins to look at options for regulations in Chestermere, is important to understand the community's views on the issue. To understand what residents think, an online survey was conducted between April 16 - 30.  958 people participated and the results are below. 

Survey Results

Above are the summary results. Results with comments provided are available here. 

February 5, 2018: City of Chestermere Council approved a report on the two stage plan for exploring cannabis regulation in Chestermere. On April 16, the City launched a survey to learn from residents about how they feel about cannabis legalization in Chestermere. The survey is open until April 30. 

November 2017: The Province of Alberta introduced provincial regulations through the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC). They have outlined minimum age, sales, consumption, packaging and law enforcement. Learn more about the regulations in Alberta here.

April 2017: I
n April 2017, the Federal Government introduced a bill (The Cannabis Act) to legalize recreational cannabis. Learn more about the federal government’s regulations here.