The topic of cannabis is getting slightly less hazy in Sturgeon County.
Council added cannabis to its Land Use Bylaw at their Tuesday (May 8) meeting. They gave a first reading to amend the Land Use Bylaw to add cannabis to the mix.
“We basically wanted to start making some clarifying definitions in the land use bylaw, so there wasn’t any assumptions it would be falling under any type of agriculture, so we needed to specify cannabis, retail sales, production and distribution as well,” said mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
Hnatiw is not convinced the retail of cannabis will necessarily be an issue in their area, as it would for other town and city municipalities.
“I think we need to define where appropriate places are for the production of it for sure and even the processing of it,” she noted.
Hnatiw recommended that they sit down with neighbouring towns and communities to come up with a standardized set of rules.
“I think for having a lot of different rules for every invisible boarder you pass by is going to then create the need for our protective services and/or RCMP to have to respond to people breaking rules and laws, not based on willful disobedience but just lack of education and knowledge of the varying rules,” she said.
Next, the county will hold a public hearing about the matter at 7 p.m. on June 12.
“We want to be sure that we consider public input and that we have an idea of where we want to go, but also see how it actually rolls out when it happens,” said Hnatiw. “Everyday we’re getting more and more information from the provincial and federal government, but there’s still quite a lot of questions and discussion around what best to do as a regional body.”

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