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Cannabis in Calgary





The City of Calgary approach to cannabis regulation.



Cannabis Legalization

The City of Calgary approach to cannabis regulation.

The federal government has introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by October 17, 2018. This bill provides a plan for regulating cannabis and sets standards for:

  • Health and safety;
  • What actions are illegal or criminal; and
  • What aspects of cannabis regulation are the responsibility of the provinces.

In April 2018, Council approved bylaw amendments that will enable the future retail sale and limit consumption of legalized cannabis in Calgary. These rules align with the best practices of other North American jurisdictions that have legalized to date, and are reflective of the concerns Calgarians expressed in our research and engagement efforts. Each of our regulations have been tailored to best suit our community while still working within the federal legislation and the provincial framework.

More information on public engagement on the proposed designated cannabis consumption areas.

Legalization of recreational cannabis - who's responsible for what

Federal government

Responsible for:

Possession limits; New criminal offences; Advertising; Impaired driving; Medical cannabis; Production; Age limit (Federal limit); Public health; Education; Taxation; Home cultivation; Regulatory compliance

Regulations in support of legalization:

Cannabis Act:
  • Provides laws for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of Cannabis across Canada

Government of Alberta

Responsible for:

Impaired driving; Public health; Education; Taxation; Workplace safety; Distribution/wholesaling; Retail model; Retail locations and rules; Regulatory compliance; Public consumption.

Regulations in support of legalization:

An act to control and regulate cannabis:
  • Provides oversight of wholesale distribution
  • Regulates sales and consumption
  • Provides tools for law enforcement
  • Provides oversight for employers to ensure safety on our roads and at work

The City of Calgary

Responsible for:

Retail locations and rules; Public consumption; Land use and zoning; Education.

Regulations in support of legalization:

Bylaws and policies:
  • Regulating businesses operating within the municipality
  • Regulating public consumption
Education and enforcement:
  • Educating citizens and enforcing municipal, provincial and federal regulation of legalized recreational cannabis


  • April 2017: Federal government introduces Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act)
  • June 2017: Provincial government opens online survey and opportunity for feedback
  • October 2017: Draft provincial regulations for public input
  • November 2017: Government of Alberta introduces Bill 26
  • November 2017 - February 2018: Engagement and research
  • February 21, 2018: Land Use Bylaw amendments to Planning and Urban Committee
  • April 3, 2018: All other proposed bylaw amendments to Community and Protective Services Committee
  • April 5, 2018: Proposed bylaw amendments to Council
  • October 17, 2018: Recreational cannabis legal in Canada

Note: Recommendations made by administration and committees regarding proposed bylaw amendments will only be recommendations until they are approved by Council. Council may amend or refuse recommendations.