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Cannabis Legalization

The City of Calgary approach to cannabis regulation.

Cannabis is now legal in Canada. What does that mean for Calgarians?

Cannabis is regulated in Canada by a combination of federal, provincial and municipal rules. Here’s an overview of what you should know about each level of government’s regulations.

City of Calgary

  • Cannabis may be consumed on private property in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles)
  • Consumption of recreational cannabis is prohibited in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) in Calgary’s public places
  • Medical cannabis can be smoked or vaped in public places that are allowed under both municipal and provincial rules
  • Cannabis can be purchased at approved, licensed stores in Calgary
  • Prospective cannabis businesses can read all the rules and regulations online

The City is responsible for:

Public consumption, retail locations and rules, land use and zoning, education, enforcing municipal, provincial and federal regulations.

Government of Alberta

  • In Alberta, the legal age to purchase cannabis is 18+ years
  • Youth can’t enter cannabis stores, even with an adult
  • Cannabis can be bought at licensed stores or online at albertacannabis.org
  • 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent is the most you can buy or carry in public at a time
  • Cannabis can’t be consumed in vehicles, even by passengers

The province is responsible for:

Minimum age, distribution/wholesaling, retail model, locations and rules, impaired driving, public health, education, taxation, workplace safety, public consumption.

Government of Canada

The federal government is responsible for:

Possession limits, criminal offences, public health, impaired driving, medical cannabis, education, taxation, home cultivation, advertising, production.

Learn more at Canada.ca/cannabis


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