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Each level of government (federal, provincial and municipal) has their own areas of responsibility regarding the legalization of cannabis.


On September 17, 2018 - St. Albert City counci approved the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw (Bylaw 30/2018), which regulates the consumption of cannabis within St. Albert. 

For key highlights of the approved Consumption Bylaw, click on Where Can I Consume

Watch Administration's presentation to Council - September 17, 2018

Review the Agenda Package - September 17, 2018


On August 20, 2018 - St. Albert City Council provided 1st reading of the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw (Bylaw 30/2018), which regulates the consumption of cannabis within St. Albert. 

Council also passed the following amendments to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw:

  • There will be no smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis in any public place in St. Albert.
    • The City of St. Albert will not regulate cannabis use on private property.
  • Medicinal cannabis users will be exempt from the restrictions and will be allowed to smoke and vape cannabis in the same places as provided in the Smoking Bylaw (Bylaw 1/2004).

Council will consider the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw for approval (2nd and 3rd reading) on September 17, 2018. 

Watch Administration’s presentation to Council - August 20, 2018 

Review the Agenda Package - August 20, 2018


On July 9, 2018, Council approved cannabis-related amendments to the Land Use Bylaw (Bylaw 12/2018). This bylaw regulates where cannabis retail stores can locate in St. Albert. 

For key highlights of the approved Land Use Bylaw, click on Setting Up a Retail Cannabis Store, and look under Land Use Bylaw.  

Watch Administration’s presentation to Council – July 9, 2018 


On June 25, 2018, Council provided 2nd reading of the Bylaw 12/2018 Amendment to the Land Use Bylaw. This bylaw will regulate where cannabis retail stores can locate in St. Albert. Council will consider the bylaw for 3rd reading on July 9, 2018.

The City of St. Albert approved cannabis-related amendments to the Business Licensing Bylaw (Bylaw 33/2018) and the Tobacco Retail Licensing Bylaw (Bylaw 34/2018), which regulates business activity within St. Albert.

For key highlights of the approved Business Licensing Bylaw, click on Setting Up a Retail Cannabis Store, and look under Business Licensing.

Watch Administration’s presentation to Council – June 25, 2018


On June 18, 2018, Administration presented the Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee (GPFC) with the Cannabis Consumption and Smoking Bylaws, as well as the Business Licensing and Tobacco Retail Licensing Bylaws. Council provided feedback on recommendations that Administration will use to amend the bylaws. These bylaws will be brought back to Council on June 25, 2018.

To watch Administration’s presentation to Council, click on the June 18 video.

To see the Agenda Reports, click on Agendas, Minutes & Videos and choose June 18.


Due to the pending legalization of cannabis for recreational use, amendments are required for the Land Use Bylaw, which will regulate where cannabis retail stores can locate in the future.

On May 28, 2018, Council provided 1st reading of the Land Use Bylaw (Bylaw 12/2018). A public hearing has been scheduled for June 25, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Public Hearing: 

Residents, businesses and stakeholders are invited to attend the Public Hearing to observe and/or provide their comments for Council’s consideration.

To add the public hearing to your calendar and to see the Agenda Report which will be posted June 8, click on Public Hearing for Land Use Bylaw Amendments with regards to Cannabis.  

Individuals/businesses can also address Council during other Council meetings by registering to speak. To find out how, click on Addressing Council.


On April 23, 2018, Administration presented the Committee of the Whole with the results of the public participation activities and the bylaw amendment options with the incorporated public input. Council provided feedback and endorsed options that Administration will use to amend the bylaws, which will be brought back for Council approval in May and June.


On April 9, 2018, Administration updated the Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee (GPFC) on the progress of the Cannabis Working Group. Discussion was also facilitated with the Committee on the amendment options to the bylaws impacted by the legalization of cannabis. Feedback from the Committee, along with community input, will help inform the proposed bylaw amendments that Administration will present for Council’s approval in May and June. 


For the City of St. Albert, the following bylaws required amendments:

  • Land Use Bylaw 
    • This bylaw regulates where cannabis retail stores can locate in the future. 
  • Business Licensing Bylaw  and/or Tobacco Retail Licensing Bylaw
    • These bylaws outline the operational requirements for cannabis businesses that intend to operate in St. Albert.
  • Cannabis Consumption Bylaw
    • This bylaw addresses where cannabis can and can not be consumed in public.

Education also plays a key role in the legalization of cannabis. The City is providing information on legal cannabis use within St. Albert, drug awareness education, and information on preventative social services for residents or links to outside resources.


For inquiries, please contact:

Aaron Giesbrecht
Manager of Policing Services
City of St. Albert
agiesbrecht@stalbert.ca
 

Last edited: October 17, 2018

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