Regulations around cannabis retail, production and distribution are underway in the Fort.
Fort Saskatchewan council gave the first reading of bylaw C18-18, an amendment to their Land Use Bylaw to include cannabis retail, production and distribution regulations at the Tuesday (May 8) meeting.
“Cannabis sale will be restricted to certain commercial areas. You won’t be able to buy cannabis in shops set up in neighbourhood commercial areas, but you will in other retail areas,” explained councillor Gordon Harris.
Production and distribution of cannabis will be permitted in light and medium industrial areas.
“We obviously have to have some level of control over a substance that was previously illegal and is a hallucinogen and people can be impaired,” he said. “ So obviously having some level of control over those sorts of things like sales distribution and consumption of cannabis is something unfortunately, we’re forced into dealing with and we’ll do our best as time unfolds.”
Actual consumption of cannabis is being dealt with through the city’s smoking bylaw.
The city’s next step is to hold a public hearing concerning the matter, on Jun.12.