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City Council approves land use bylaw outlining regulations for retail cannabis sales in Red Deer

May 14, 2018 8:56 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Cannabis retail stores must be located a minimum of 300 metres from each other and from locations such as recreation centres, daycares, hospitals and schools, following City Council’s approval of an updated land use bylaw today.

The update comes as The City prepares for the legalization of cannabis, which is expected to take place this summer.

“While the federal and provincial governments are responsible for many regulations pertaining to the legalization of cannabis, The City of Red Deer is responsible for issuing development permits and business licenses for cannabis retail stores. As part of this process, we can also identify where cannabis is sold via The City’s Land Use Bylaw,” said Tara Lodewyk, Planning Services Director.

In addition to identifying separation distances, the updated bylaw also limits cannabis retail sales to the City Center - Downtown - Commercial District (C1) and the Major Arterial District (C4), which runs along Gaetz Avenue.

“Updating our Land Use Bylaw in preparation for the legalization of cannabis is critical as we work to ensure we are acknowledging both the provincial and federal regulations, as well as the needs of the changing industry and community,” said Lodewyk.

The updated land use bylaw also states that cannabis retail stores cannot be located adjacent to Drinking Establishments, Microbreweries and Liquor Sales, and 100 metres from post-secondary institutions.

Additional regulations include:

  • No person may ingest/consume cannabis on retail premises
  • No outdoor storage
  • No emission of odour
  • Products in the store must not be visible from the outside
  • Drive-through windows are prohibited
  • Must have professionally installed and monitored alarm system
  • Must have digital camera security system
  • The business name must be prominently displayed at all public access point

Approval of the bylaw came on the heels of a public hearing on April 16, 2018, as well as first reading of the bylaw on March 5, 2018. Following the March 5 City Council meeting, an online survey was conducted to get feedback from citizens with 1,474 people responding to the survey.

Administration will bring a report back to City Council in approximately 14 months following initial implementation of federal law for the legalization of cannabis.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Stuart
Inspections & Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8192

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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