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Cannabis Legalization
In summer 2018, cannabis will be legalized across Canada. Cannabis refers to products made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. You may have also heard it called marijuana or pot. Right now it is only legal to use cannabis if you have a medical prescription.

The City of Wetaskiwin is not currently accepting applications for cannabis retail stores, and will not be able to until after the recreational use of cannabis is formally legalized.



Where We Are
Public Engagement

The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. Cannabis will become part of Wetaskiwin's economy, it will be regulated through federal and provincial laws and in some city bylaws, and you may see it being produced and sold in Wetaskiwin. The City of Wetaskiwin is preparing for legalization by engaging with the public in various ways, including:

Your feedback is important to us. We will update this page with a report on feedback received once available.

Proposed Buffer Zones & Public Smoking Areas
Proposed Retail Buffer Zones (VIEW MAP)
*Please note these are still proposed zones, and that no formal decisions have been made at this point.
A map illustrating the proposed buffer zones concerning the location of cannabis retail stores was brought to Wetaskiwin city council at the April 9th regular council meeting for review. We encourage you to review the map, and then complete our online survey to share your feedback.

Proposed Public Smoking Areas (VIEW MAP)
*Please note these are only proposed areas, and no formal decisions have been made yet.
According to proposed provincial legislation, Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public spaces where smoking tobacco is allowed (see the GOA Framework for additional information). Municipalities do have the ability to create additional restrictions on public consumption.

Currently, Wetaskiwin city council feels that consuming cannabis should be treated in the same manner as alcohol, where consumption is restricted to private property and/or approved facilities (Agree? Disagree? Take our survey and let us know). If additional restrictions are passed by city council, it will be necessary to designate an area to allow for the consumption of a then-legal substance for those living in common wall homes (apartments, condos, etc.).

The two potential areas identified as possible locations for the public consumption of cannabis are the northeast corner of Wetaskiwin (near the lagoons), and the southwest corner of Wetaskiwin (near the airport). If approved, a specific area within these locations will be designated for cannabis consumption (as opposed to the entire area).

Public Education & Awareness
As with anything new and unfamiliar, it is important to first receive the facts about the issue. The City of Wetaskiwin is very interested in knowing what aspects of cannabis you would like to learn more about. You may share this by completing our online survey, or by emailing us at .

The Government of Canada also has excellent resources available for those who wish to learn more.


Contact
This is a new process for everyone, and sharing your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions helps Wetaskiwin city council navigate decisions with outcomes that reflect the needs and desires of our community.

You can contact us in following ways:



Project Background
Federal
In April 2017 the federal government introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. The federal bill creates a strict legal framework to control how cannabis is produced, distributed, and sold. The federal bill also defines the legal age and possession amount for cannabis. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information on the federal legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Provincial
In February 2018, the provincial government released legislation and regulations regarding cannabis legislation. Visit the Government of Alberta website to read the Alberta Cannabis Framework.