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Cannabis Use and Sale in Banff

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis. Changes to the legislation are scheduled to come into effect on October 17, 2018. 

Currently Cannabis is an illegal substance (with the exception of authorized medical use) under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The proposed federal legislation would, among other things:

  • allow adults to possess a limited amount of legally-produced cannabis; 
  • set the minimum age for purchase and use at 18 years of age, with the option for provinces to increase the age limit; 
  • enable regulations for the licensed production of cannabis, which would be controlled by the federal government; 
  • and, enable regulations for the distribution and sale of cannabis, which would be controlled by the provincial government.

The Government of Alberta has drafted legislation to provide authority for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to carry out oversight and compliance functions as well as manage the distribution of cannabis. The legislation will: 
  • establish the authority to carry out public online sales
  • establish the authority to license privately owned and operated cannabis stores with strong oversight and province wide rules 
  • establish provincial offences related to youth possession, public consumption and consumption of cannabis in vehicles
  • Learn more from the Alberta Government

Municipalities are responsible for land use regulations on sales, and use in public places, such as greenspace and streets. 

On June 11, 2018, Council amended the Streets and Public Place Use Bylaw in order to prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis in public within Banff. Council Report and Bylaw Amendment (PDF)

On July 16, 2018, Council gave first reading to Bylaw 421 – Land Use Bylaw Amending Bylaw - Storefront Cannabis Retail, and set a Public Hearing for Monday, August 20, 2018 at noon at Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street. This proposed bylaw would allow Storefront Cannabis Retail as a Discretionary Use in the CD: Downtown Land Use District and would include specific requirements surrounding Storefront Cannabis Retail. These requirements would include:
  • A 100 metre separation between Storefront Cannabis Retail and a parcel containing: a health care facility; a school; and, a school reserve;
  • A 100 metre separation between Storefront Cannabis Retail and a parcel containing: a daycare; and, a playground;
  • A 100 metre separation between one Storefront Cannabis Retailer and another; and
  • That a Storefront Cannabis Retail premises can’t contain a window(s) facing a sidewalk.
  • Information regarding the public hearing 

Additional Information:

Town of Banff