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Proposed designated cannabis consumption areas

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The City of Calgary is looking for feedback from citizens on four proposed designated cannabis consumption areas. Calgarians can provide their input between August 27 and September 7 by visiting here or by filling out a feedback form at a sounding board located at the proposed designated areas.

When cannabis becomes legal on October 17, 2018 under Calgary’s Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, it will be illegal to consume recreational cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping or edibles) in public places. Cannabis may be consumed on private property.

Landlord and tenant agreements, condo bylaws, and hotel rules can prohibit cannabis consumption. This means that some citizens and visitors to Calgary may not have a legal place to consume cannabis. However, Council can approve designated areas where cannabis may be smoked, vaped or otherwise consumed in designated public places. These designated cannabis consumption areas are intended to help alleviate a lack of access to a permissible place to consume cannabis once it is legal.

Designated cannabis consumption areas will be confined to a defined radius and equipped with waste receptacles and tamper-proof ashtrays. Once approved, The City of Calgary may suspend locations should there be safety or nuisance concerns.

Calgarians’ feedback will be brought to a Public Meeting of Council on October 9, 2018, at which citizens may speak. Citizen response will help to inform Council’s decision on whether proposed locations will be approved as designated cannabis consumption areas.

To provide online feedback on the proposed designated cannabis consumption areas, Calgarians are asked to visit here. General information on The City of Calgary’s approach to cannabis legalization is available on the City of Calgary Website.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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