A cannabis smoking bylaw continues to move forward in Fort Saskatchewan.
Despite some debate, council gave a first reading to a smoking bylaw at the Tuesday (May 8) meeting.
The proposed bylaw would limit cannabis consumption to private property only.
“You can use it in the backyard, in your home but it would not be allowed in public places and ultimately there would be a protection for minors as much as we possibly can within the smoking legalization,” said councillor Gordon Harris.
Fort Saskatchewan Staff Sergeant Mike McCauley spoke about the challenges of enforcing a smoking bylaw with cannabis as opposed to dealing with tobacco.
There was a motion to refer it back for review to determine whether or not tobacco could be brought into it, “which I see as very controversial and in the end we decided not to refer it back.”
The bylaw stated cannabis cannot be smoked in any indoor public place such as a bingo hall, casino, drinking establishment, grandstand, outdoor public event, patio, private club, public buildings, public transportation vehicle, sidewalk cafe or in the work place.
Cannabis or related products cannot be smoked or consumed in any outdoor or public area.
A person guilty of an offence will be liable and fined up to $1000 or receive jail time.
This bylaw will deal with the control of consumption of cannabis, while the provincial legislation deals with smoking in general.
The next step is for the city to offer a public hearing on the matter.