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By-law Officers, Peace Officers, and RCMP Officers may issue violation tickets with fines of up to $250.00 to those who do not adhere to the laws outlined by the Municipal, Provincial, or Federal Governments.
At the September 10, 2018 City Council Meeting:
Council approved an amending bylaw to remove the cap on the cannabis retail licenses.
On April 13, 2017 the Government of Canada tabled the Cannabis Act, which subject to parliamentary approval, will legalize and regulate recreational cannabis in Canada. It is anticipated the Cannabis Act will take effect in the summer of 2018. For more information visit Government of Canada: Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis
The Government of Alberta has subsequently established its own act and regulations (An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis) in response to the federal cannabis framework. For more information visit Government of Alberta: Alberta Cannabis Framework and Legislation
As a result of both the federal and provincial cannabis acts, municipalities have been delegated a degree of responsibility in regard to cannabis. Municipalities have the authority to:
In October 2017, the City Manager established a Cannabis Form and Fold Team (CFFT) to prepare the City of Grande Prairie for the upcoming legalization of recreational cannabis. The team consists of representatives from Planning & Development, Community Social Development, Enforcement Services, Communications, Economic Development and the RCMP.
A web based public opinion survey was available in March, 2018 on the City of Grande Prairie’s website and social media. A total of 1701 responses were received. The results are available to view here.
City management has guided their approach to the proposed municipal regulation of cannabis based on achieving the following objective:
“To provide a reasonable opportunity for the production, sale and consumption of recreational cannabis so as to remove the negative affects of prohibition.”
Land Use Bylaw Amendment (PDF, 4.3Mb)
Business License Bylaw Amendment (PDF, 0.1Mb)
Smoke Free Public Places Bylaw Amendment (PDF, 0.1Mb)
Minimum Property Standards Bylaw Amendment (PDF, 0.1 Mb)
If you have any questions or want to provide your input, please contact Alison Downing, City Planner at 780-538-0434 or email@example.com
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