It's legal to sell or consume cannabis for non-medicinal purposes across Canada effective October 17, 2018.
Opening a Retail Store
Update for Permit Holders and Applicants
The City of Edmonton is providing clarification to permit holders and applicants as it relates to development permit expiry and recent regulation changes approved by City Council. Please refer to the "After Your Development Permit is Issued" section of the "Opening a Cannabis Retail Store" webpage for more details.
You can find information about approved cannabis retail locations, potential areas for cannabis retail, and buffers from sensitive uses by visiting maps.edmonton.ca and selecting "Cannabis Locations".
The City of Edmonton will begin accepting additional cannabis retail sales development permit applications by email on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 28, 2018 at 8am. Please review the application process for opening a cannabis retail store for more details.
The following industrial zones include the General Industrial Use class. Land that is zoned one of the below zones may allow for a cannabis production facility that complies with Zoning Bylaw regulations and receives a federal licence.
IB - Industrial Business Zone
IL - Light Industrial Zone
IM - Medium Industrial Zone
IH - Heavy Industrial Zone
EIB - Ellerslie Industrial Business Zone
EIM - Ellerslie Medium Industrial Zone
EETL - Edmonton Energy and Technology Logistics Zone
EETM - Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Manufacturing Zone
Under the proposed Federal Cannabis Act, all producers of cannabis or cannabis products will need to be federally licensed to operate. The Government of Canada will establish application processes and criteria for people who want to become producers of legal recreational cannabis.
Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations
The federal government currently regulates licensed producers of medical cannabis through the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Find more information about cannabis for medical purposes on the Government of Canada website.