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Bylaw 1063-18: Cannabis

Date Posted: Sep 13, 2018

Cannabis will be legal across Canada on October 17, 2018.  The provincial government will be regulating the public consumption of Cannabis throughout Alberta in accordance with the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act, which prohibits smoking and the consumption of cannabis in most public places. The following is an excerpt from the provincial government website:

Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public spaces where smoking tobacco is allowed, but use will be banned in cars.

In an effort to protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of cannabis in Alberta will be prohibited from any place where tobacco is restricted, and in the following places:

  • on any hospital property, school property or child care facility property
  • in or within a prescribed distance from:
    • a playground
    • a sports or playing field
    • a skateboard or bicycle park
    • a zoo
    • an outdoor theatre
    • an outdoor pool or splash pad
  • from any motor vehicles, with the exception of those being used as a temporary residences, such as a parked RV

There will also be no consumption of cannabis at any cannabis retail outlets.

Legislation will establish provincial offenses for public consumption infractions and consumption of cannabis in vehicles.

Municipalities may create additional restrictions on public consumption using their existing authorities. Albertans are encouraged to know their local rules before consuming.

For more information on how the province is dealing with the legalization of cannabis please follow this link: cannabis-legalization.aspx.

On September 4, Council passed first reading of Bylaw 1063-18, Consumption of Cannabis in Public Spaces, which will go beyond provincial legislation and ban consumption in Raymond in all public spaces, including sidewalks, boulevards and all public use areas. Town council would like resident feedback prior to proceeding with second and third readings of this bylaw. Let us know what you think by responding directly to this post, or by contacting Abe Tinney at 403 752 3322 or

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