Strathcona County council is managing where cannabis production facilities can be built.
Businesses looking to start a facility are able to apply for a permit as "discretionary use" in the agricultural or medium industrial area.
“With cannabis production facilities listed as a discretionary use, our development authority has the ability to review for compatibility within a location,” said Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank. “The amendment also ensures Strathcona County supports innovation and remains competitive in the region.”
Councillors can now take feedback from nearby landowners into account when a cannabis production facility is being proposed.
"We tried to be responsive to the citizens and I think our councilors and staff put in great effort and I'm really proud of them," added Frank.
Even if a permit is granted in Strathcona County, separate federal policies and procedures still apply.