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Public consumption of cannabis

At this time, the sale and possession of non-medical cannabis remains illegal. Recreational cannabis will be legal across Canada on October 17, 2018.

Violating the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw can mean a ticket ranging from $50-100. This is effective the day the bylaw becomes law.

The following rules will apply to public consumption of cannabis once federal legalization takes place.

Using cannabis on private property

Under Provincial and Municipal laws, a person will be allowed to smoke, vape or otherwise consume cannabis on their private property.

The City of Calgary will not regulate use on private property.

The City will view cannabis smoke in the same way as cigarette or fire-pit smoke. It may be annoying to some, but it is legal.

Unless smoke is over and above what one could expect from day-to-day activities, it is considered part and parcel of city living.

Using cannabis on rental property and in condos

Rental properties may forbid cannabis consumption.

Landlord/tenant agreements or condo bylaws will be able to restrict cannabis consumption under provincial regulations.

We encourage you to talk to your landlord about edible cannabis products. Although edible cannabis products such as brownies and cookies cannot be legally sold until further federal and provincial regulations, edible cannabis products may be made at home. If you live in a rental unit or condo, you might consider discussing with your landlord or condo board whether rules would allow for edibles to be made in your building.

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Cannabis and Calgary's public spaces

As part of the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, public use rules for cannabis will be like those for public consumption of alcohol.

It will be illegal to consume cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) in public places, except for designated cannabis consumption areas.

The Cannabis Consumption Bylaw allows Council to approve designated areas where cannabis may be smoked, vaped, or consumed around the city. These locations would have signs and easily identifiable infrastructure.

Ward Councillors or residents can begin the process to have a designated cannabis consumption area in their community. Citizens may contact their Councillor to express interest or concern. Locations will be designated through a Public Hearing of Council, at which citizens may speak.

At this time, there are no proposed designated cannabis consumption areas. As Council designates them, a list of their locations will be available on this page.

Festivals and events in Calgary may apply to provide a designated cannabis consumption area, similar to a beer garden. Details will be available shortly.

An exemption to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw exists for medical cannabis.

Public consumption will also be regulated by the provincial government. The following regulations apply throughout Alberta:

  • Cannabis consumption will not be allowed in vehicles.
  • There will be no consumption of cannabis at any cannabis retail outlets.
  • Landlord/tenant agreements or condo bylaws may restrict cannabis consumption in rental units.

Cannabis cafes

Smoking lounges, cafes or specialized bars for cannabis will not be allowed. There are no licensed public premises where cannabis can be used.

This may be addressed by the federal and provincial governments in the future.

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