Fort Saskatchewan City Council made a decision on how to handle cannabis.
There was a lengthy discussion with questions at the Tuesday (Mar.13) meeting.
Council voted in favour of a moderate/restrictive approach to public consumption, a moderate approach to retail and a more open approach for production and distribution.
“I think we’re entering a new era and we have to be able to start figuring it out and I would rather start with a moderate to restrictive because you can always relax it later. It’s always harder to take something away after you’ve implemented it,” said mayor Gale Katchur.
The moderate approach to cannabis retail means it will be sold in the Fort, just not in neighbourhood stores.
"For production, we decided to go with open to allow it in the light, medium industrial areas,” said Katchur.
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The city is also working on creating a smoking bylaw.
With the federal government legalizing cannabis this summer (2018), the city must be proactive in ensuring that their policies will be able to deal with the new regulations, noted Katchur.
The city offered a public survey on the subject last month and received 1742 responses.
The legal age to use or purchase cannabis has been set at 18-years-old.