The Town is thinking about how legalizing cannabis will affect us locally and how we can manage legalization in the best interests of Coalhurst residents.

In April 2017 the federal government introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by July, 2018. The federal bill outlines a framework for regulating cannabis production and sets standards for health and safety, establishing criminal prohibitions, and clarifying what aspects of cannabis regulation will be the responsibility of the provinces. On November 16, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 26, an Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis based on its cannabis framework.

The Town is thinking about how legalizing cannabis will affect us locally and how we can manage legalization in the best interests of Coalhurst residents. Your input will be an important part of this process and will inform changes and updates to affected Coalhurst bylaws, and the development of new bylaws and policies to respond to the legalization of cannabis.

Council is looking for public input on:

Rules/regulations required for businesses operating within the municipality

·         Rules/regulations relating to public consumption

·         Enforcement of municipal, provincial and federal regulation of legalized recreational cannabis

Many topics related to the Legalization of Cannabis fall outside of the Town of Coalhurst’s role in decision making, including:

·         Setting a different legal age than the province

·         Rules/regulations related to drug-impaired driving

·         Workplace safety – rules and regulations

The Town of Coalhurst is seeking your input to discuss policy and regulation areas regarding business licencing, community standards bylaws, land use planning and other affected bylaws. An online survey and an informational session will be held to allow for your input in the process.

Business Regulations

Do you SUPPORT placing minimum distance restrictions that cannabis retail stores can be from:

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* Business Regulations

Do you SUPPORT placing minimum distance restrictions that cannabis retail stores can be from:

In Alberta, liquor stores are allowed to operate between 10 am and 2 am, seven days a week. Should cannabis retail stores operating in Coalhurst have:

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* In Alberta, liquor stores are allowed to operate between 10 am and 2 am, seven days a week. Should cannabis retail stores operating in Coalhurst have:

Retail Sales

The Government of Alberta's proposed legislation would allow for two kinds of retail sales in Alberta: privately operated retail stores and government operated online retail. More details around how privately operated retail stores will be regulated and licensed are expected.

Are there preferred areas where private retail stores SHOULD be located? Why?

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* Retail Sales

The Government of Alberta's proposed legislation would allow for two kinds of retail sales in Alberta: privately operated retail stores and government operated online retail. More details around how privately operated retail stores will be regulated and licensed are expected.

Are there preferred areas where private retail stores SHOULD be located? Why?

Are there preferred areas where private retail stores SHOULD NOT be located? Why?

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* Are there preferred areas where private retail stores SHOULD NOT be located? Why?

Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis from a retail store?

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* Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis from a retail store?

Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis online?

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* Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis online?

Consumption

The Government of Alberta has proposed that Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public places where smoking and vaping tobacco is allowed. Use will be banned in cars, in areas frequented by children, from hospitals and school properties and from any place where smoking and vaping tobacco is restricted. Municipal governments may have the ability to further regulate where cannabis can be consumed.

The Town of Coalhurst also regulates smoking through the Smoking Bylaw. This bylaw restricts where people can smoke by banning smoking in indoor public places (any place where the public may have access) and at outdoor public facilities (playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas).

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

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* Consumption

The Government of Alberta has proposed that Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public places where smoking and vaping tobacco is allowed. Use will be banned in cars, in areas frequented by children, from hospitals and school properties and from any place where smoking and vaping tobacco is restricted. Municipal governments may have the ability to further regulate where cannabis can be consumed.

The Town of Coalhurst also regulates smoking through the Smoking Bylaw. This bylaw restricts where people can smoke by banning smoking in indoor public places (any place where the public may have access) and at outdoor public facilities (playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas).

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

Under the Government of Alberta's Gaming and Liquor Act, people can only consume alcohol in a private residence, or in a licensed premise, such as a bar, lounge, or restaurant. Consuming alcohol in public places (buildings open to the public, streets and vehicles) is prohibited.

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

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* Under the Government of Alberta's Gaming and Liquor Act, people can only consume alcohol in a private residence, or in a licensed premise, such as a bar, lounge, or restaurant. Consuming alcohol in public places (buildings open to the public, streets and vehicles) is prohibited.

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

Overall, do you think the rules around public consumption of cannabis should be:

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* Overall, do you think the rules around public consumption of cannabis should be:

Please select any places you feel ARE acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

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* Please select any places you feel ARE acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

Please select any places you feel ARE NOT acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

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* Please select any places you feel ARE NOT acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

How should the Town of Coalhurst approach cannabis use at outdoor events?

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* How should the Town of Coalhurst approach cannabis use at outdoor events?

Venues for Consumption

Initially, venues specific for consuming cannabis will not be permitted. Bill 26 provides the Government of Alberta with authority to license these types of establishments in the future, and this issue will be re-explored once the system for cannabis is established and guidelines for edible cannabis products have been set by the federal government.

Although the Government of Alberta will not make any decisions about consumption venues for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow consumption in the form of smoking or vaping?

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* Venues for Consumption

Initially, venues specific for consuming cannabis will not be permitted. Bill 26 provides the Government of Alberta with authority to license these types of establishments in the future, and this issue will be re-explored once the system for cannabis is established and guidelines for edible cannabis products have been set by the federal government.

Although the Government of Alberta will not make any decisions about consumption venues for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow consumption in the form of smoking or vaping?

Although the Government of Canada will not make any decisions about legalizing edible cannabis products for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow for consumption of edibles?

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* Although the Government of Canada will not make any decisions about legalizing edible cannabis products for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow for consumption of edibles?

Home Growing

Federal laws will allow Coalhurst residents to grow a maximum of four plants per household. The Government of Alberta has indicated that it will align with the federal government’s decision, but will restrict growing to indoors. Growing cannabis plants outdoors will not be allowed.

The Government of Alberta has also indicated that renters, condo-dwellers and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules established in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.

Where should cannabis plants be permitted to be grown?

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* Home Growing

Federal laws will allow Coalhurst residents to grow a maximum of four plants per household. The Government of Alberta has indicated that it will align with the federal government’s decision, but will restrict growing to indoors. Growing cannabis plants outdoors will not be allowed.

The Government of Alberta has also indicated that renters, condo-dwellers and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules established in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.

Where should cannabis plants be permitted to be grown?

Additional Feedback

Do you have any other comments relating to the Town of Coalhurst’s role in the legalization of cannabis?

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* Additional Feedback

Do you have any other comments relating to the Town of Coalhurst’s role in the legalization of cannabis?

Other Information

To help us better understand your previous responses, please complete the following questions.

Do you support or oppose the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada?

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* Other Information

To help us better understand your previous responses, please complete the following questions.

Do you support or oppose the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada?

Do you have children under the age of 18 in your household?

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* Do you have children under the age of 18 in your household?

Do you currently own or rent your home?

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* Do you currently own or rent your home?

What type of home do you live in?

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* What type of home do you live in?

Which of the following age groups do you fall into?

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* Which of the following age groups do you fall into?

Where do you live?

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* Where do you live?

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