Sixty-three residents from Bruderheim voiced their opinion on how the town should respond to the legalization of cannabis.
When it comes to selling, producing and distributing cannabis, the survey showed the residents wanted to take a more open approach.
More than 42 per cent of the responses wanted to allow retail cannabis stores to open in commercial areas, with the condition that they stray away from schools and playgrounds. Moderate and restrictive views on this both received 28 per cent of the support.
Over 63 per cent wanted an open approach towards production and distribution facilities in light and medium industrial areas.
However, responses favoured a more moderate and restrictive approach for public consumption. Roughly 74 per cent believed adults should only consume cannabis on private property and not on public lands.
The new legislation will prohibit smoking cannabis on hospital grounds, schools and daycares, sports fields, skateboard or bicycle parks, outdoor theatres, outdoor pools and splash pads. 74 per cent of the responses in the survey wanted to ban smoking tobacco, vaping and e-cigarettes from these areas as well.
According to mayor Karl Hauch, the survey led to some surprising results, especially when it came to the opinions of the different generations.
"Lots of younger people have grown up with learning about the travails of smoking. So I think that education has really helped to cut down on the amount of people smoking. The young people that don't smoke and haven't used marijuana don't seem to be interested."
He added that people that seemed more interested in consuming cannabis were in their 40s and 50s, as they weren't able to access the product legally when they were younger.
"I'm just thankful that a lot of folks participated. It's good to have their feedback. For a community of our size, we got a significant amount of feedback and that's valuable information."
The new federal legislation would:
- Allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of legally-produced cannabis
- Allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household
- Set the minimum age for purchase and use at 18 years of age, with the option for provinces to increase the age limit
- Enable a regulatory regime for the licensed production of cannabis, which would be controlled by the federal government
- Enable a regulatory regime for the distribution and sale of cannabis, which would be controlled by the provincial government
- Establish new provisions to address drug-impaired driving, as well as making several changes to the overall legal framework to address alcohol impaired driving
The legislation is expected to come into effect on October 17.