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. 

Public Participation

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. 

Future opportunities to provide your input will be available in the coming months. Watch this page for details. 

Survey Results

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

Note for potential retailers:

The City of Chestermere has NOT yet passed any regulations allowing for cannabis production nor sale in Chestermere. It is anticipated that recreational cannabis will not be legalized until at least August 2018.

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.

What has been done:

  • Federal Government: In April 2017, the Federal Government introduced a bill (The Cannabis Act) to legalize recreational cannabis. Learn more about the federal government’s regulations here.
  • Provincial Government: In 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.
  • City Government: On February 5, 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.