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Ward 11 News: Pending Cannabis Legislation

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On October 17th, the federal government will legalize cannabis. Even after it becomes legal, Calgarians will not be permitted to consume anything made with the substance in public places including multi-family dwellings.
These restrictions align with the policies and bylaws that we currently have with respect to prohibiting drinking alcohol in non-licensed areas and not allowing cigarette smoking in common public areas.
As it currently stands, Calgary’s policies on public consumption are similar to other cities in the United States and what other cities, across Canada, are also proposing and have successfully implemented.
Although City Council directed City Administration to investigate designated cannabis smoking areas, the majority of Calgarians recently polled indicated that Calgarians do not want to see or smell marijuana being consumed. 
Furthermore, identifying a public location where consumption of cannabis (smoking or vaping) and the exposure to the general public, vulnerable citizens and minors, would be challenging.
I have heard from residents that even though cannabis will become legal, Calgarians, and especially children, should not have to put up with the smoke and distinct smell that accompanies its consumption.
I am in support of starting with more stringent regulations around the public use of this substance when it is first introduced, and then potentially revising those restrictions as we have more information on its impacts on the public.
At present, cannabis retail stores will not be approved unless they are at least 150 metres from a school, 100 metres from a playground or sport field and at least 30 metres from a residence. They also cannot be located in the same commercial centre as a child daycare centre.
In terms of public safety and social disorder, the Calgary Police Service have been working hard to ensure that protocols are in place to address the pending arrival of the legislation and ensure public safety. The City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and MADD have partnered to encourage the public to call 9-1-1 to report any suspected impaired drivers.

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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