Cannabis - Know the Law in Grande Prairie

On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. Each province and municipality has a different set of rules. Here's what legalization means in Grande Prairie:

  • Cannabis can only be consumed by those age 18+.
  • No cannabis use in vehicles, even for passengers.
  • Zero tolerance of cannabis use for drivers on a Graduated Drivers License (Class 5) 
  • AGLC regulates the sale of cannabis. No one under the age of 18 can enter cannabis stores, even if with an adult. 
  • Consumers may purchase and carry up to 30g at one time.
  • Residents in Grande Prairie have to get a permit to grow any cannabis plants. Each residence is limited to four plants. There is no cost to the permit and it is available after October 17, 2018 at the Enforcement Services offices at 9910 99 Avenue.

Residents can consume cannabis in a few public places with the following restrictions in place.

Don’t smoke, vape, apply, inhale, or ingest cannabis:

  • Any place you can’t smoke tobacco
  • Downtown between 100 Avenue to 101 Avenue and 102 Street to 98 Street
  • Where smoking is prohibited by a public sign
  • In a place that is harmful to others
  • Within a 30 meter radius of:
    • A public park, recreation facility or parade
    • Where children are playing or congregating
    • An outdoor special event, unless in an area specified by the event organizers as a cannabis consumption area
    • The front entrance to a commercial movie theatre

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.

 

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