The province is in a time crunch to allow municipalities to form marijuana bylaws.
 
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Shaye Anderson, has the daunting task of figuring out what legalized marijuana will look like in Alberta.
 
"We're going over legislation right now, trying to see how this is going to look," explained Anderson. "The federal government didn't give us much to go on as far as framework so the provinces have been left to their own devices in a way."
 
The province has numerous public feedback options to gather Albertans thoughts on many issues raised by legalization, such as whether it will be sold in public or private retail locations, how it will be distributed, as well as laws surrounding where it can be smoked and at what age.
 
So far, Anderson said most agree with the current age for tabacco and alcohol, 18.
 
"As far of Municipal Affairs is concerned, it's more along the lines of safety codes and building codes, also how it's going to be taxed; is it going to be agriculture or industry?"
 
If it's considered industrial, municipalities like Fort Saskatchewan will be able to receive taxes from marijuana, increasing revenue that can go towards programs and projects for residents.
 
Anderson and the provincial government have been closely watching states like Colorado and Washington where marijuana has been legalized to try and figure out the best practices and how to avoid any problems state governments have reported.
 
Fort Saskatchewan City Council has discussed marijuana legislation in the past but haven't been able to do much, given the lack of framework from the provincial and federal government. Anderson hopes to have legislation tabled soon, good news for lawmakers and city council to set out laws and bylaws for its use.
 
The Trudeau government hopes to have marijuana legalized by or around Canada Day 2018.

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