While Federal regulations allow homeowners to grow up to 4 cannabis plants, provinces and municipalities can put additional restrictions around those laws. For example, the Province of Manitoba and Rocky View County are not allowing residential cannabis growing at all.
The City intends to create a bylaw that allows regulated residential growth and require those who wish to grow cannabis to obtain a licence. The intention is to help inform future homebuyers and ensure City safety code standards. Municipal bylaws and regulations can be created to allow for a balance between constitutional rights and the health and safety of the community.
The list of cannabis cultivation license holders will not be published but will be available if a resident wishes to file a FOIP request to obtain the licenses issued for a property. The list will be available to emergency services upon request.
As staff begin preparing this bylaw, they are seeking your feedback on this topic. Visit www.chestermere.ca/cannabis to participate in a survey until November 16.