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

Research and engagement

In November and December 2017 and January 2018, we conducted research sessions and engagement with Calgarians interested in providing feedback related to cannabis and our related bylaws.

View results​​​​​​​​


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

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 2018: Land Use Bylaw Amendments to Committee
  • April 2018: Coordinated Bylaw Amendments to Committee
  • April 2018: Proposed Bylaw Amendments to Council
  • July 2018: Recreational cannabis legal in Canada
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