Banff Town Council approved a Land Use Bylaw amendment to allow storefront cannabis retail as a Discretionary Use in the Downtown Land Use District. The amended bylaw aligns with provincial restrictions, such as requiring that any storefront retail must be 100 metres away from a health facility or school. In addition, specific requirements for retail operations in Banff include:
As Banff is in a national park, the change to the Land Use Bylaw on retail stores has to be approved by Parks Canada. In order for the Provincial legislation to apply in Banff, a separate process may be required called an Instrument of Entrustment. If required, this could occur in the fall of 2018.
The Government of Alberta’s legislation identifies additional restrictions and authorizes the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) to carry out oversight and compliance functions as well as manage the distribution of cannabis.
Background information – Banff bylaws: