A cannabis debate in Fort Saskatchewan had everyone asking questions.
Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood and Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis all discussed upcoming concerns regarding cannabis with the public on Thursday (Feb.22).
The round-table style question period saw all three point out the positives and negatives of the upcoming changes.
"I thought it was really great to have that much conversation. There were people clearly interested in setting up business, people who used it for medical purposes currently and lots of council members who are going to be grappling with how this rolls out in our own city," said Littlewood.
Major concerns brought up included the governments plan to sell cannabis online, business application requirements, taxes, funding for communities and retail pricing.
"We've seen that people have been more engaged on cannabis than any other subject that we've engaged with Albertans on as a government," added Littlewood.
Some of the important numbers brought up from recent province wide surveys include 100,000 Albertans are now legally using marijuana, nearly half of all high school students admitted to trying it and three to five per cent of surveyors said they will try it for the first time when it becomes legal.
Certain rules have already been implemented for strictly cannabis shops including a minimum distance of 100m away from all schools and health facilities.
All new businesses will be labeled as recreation sellers, but Katchur, Littlewood and Genuis agreed that reduction culture should remain the focus for all involved.
Cannabis will be legal in Canada on July 1.