The City of Fort Saskatchewan is getting ready for the legalization of cannabis on July 1.
Local administration and council has started to look at different ways to prepare.
“The municipality is going to have limited ability in how we prepare for this legalization, what we can and cannot regulate. Those primary three areas are retail sales, production and consumption in public places,” said infrastructure and planning acting general manager, Janel Smith-Duguid.
Three methods were mapped out and presented to council at the Tuesday (Feb.13) meeting.
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A smoking bylaw was also outlined as a way to limit the use of cannabis in public. The city currently does not have a smoking bylaw.
“So before we start preparing bylaws to address those areas, we’re looking for direction from council as to, which approach they’d prefer to take,” said Smith-Duguid.
There will be a request for a decision from council at the March 13 meeting. Then any needed bylaws will be presented for their first reading on April 10 and final readings will occur on April 24.
Once a decision is made, the city will also need to adjust the land use bylaw to include regulations and definitions concerning cannabis related uses. This would regulate the use of cannabis, but not the user.
A public survey is available online until March 2. Feedback gained from the community will be presented to council in March.