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Frequently asked questions about the City of Edmonton's response to federal changes regarding legalization of cannabis.

Where will Cannabis Retail Sales and Cannabis Lounges be allowed?

Although the draft Zoning Bylaw 12800 amendments propose two new classifications, Cannabis Retail Sales and Cannabis Lounges, these uses will not be permitted in any zones until the City of Edmonton is able to complete public engagement and draft a bylaw framework to address this issue.

The City of Edmonton will be able to start this work once the legalization framework is defined by the federal and provincial government, including what level of control the municipalities will have in this area.

How do I set up my business so that it can transition into a Cannabis Retail Sales, like a retail dispensary?

Although the draft Zoning Bylaw 12800 amendments propose two new classifications, Cannabis Retail Sales and Cannabis Lounges, these uses will not be permitted in any zones until the City of Edmonton is able to plan a public engagement and a bylaw framework to address this issue.

The City of Edmonton will be able to start this work once the legalization framework is defined by the federal and provincial government, including what level of control the municipalities will have in this area.

The intent of these proposed classifications is to separate these uses from other classifications within the Zoning Bylaw 12800, such as General Retail Stores and Bar and Neighbourhood Pubs, to ensure the City is able to regulate these future uses in a safe and effective manner.

When will I be able to apply for a permit to operate a Cannabis Retail Sales or Cannabis Lounge?

There are a number of dependencies including federal and provincial legislation that need to occur before the City of Edmonton is able to permit and license these businesses.

Once the higher orders of government propose a draft of the legislation that will legalize non-medical cannabis, and have defined the level of control municipalities will have, the City will be able to plan a public engagement and a bylaw framework to address this issue.

There are a number of bylaws that will likely require amendments to prepare the City for the legalization of non-medical cannabis, including:

Any amendments to the above mentioned Bylaws will require stakeholder input and City Council approval. Once this is completed the City will then be able to accept permit and licence applications for these uses.

What would a business that sells cannabis-related products (vaporizers, bongs, pipes etc.) be considered in the Zoning Bylaw?

These types of establishments are generally classified as General Retail Stores in the Zoning Bylaw.

This classification does not include the sale of cannabis or cannabis derived products as identified in Schedule II in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (S.C. 1996, c. 19.)

How is a business that provides information on medical cannabis classified in the Zoning Bylaw?

Clinics and businesses that provide consultation and information on the use and access to medical cannabis are generally classified as a Health Service in the Zoning Bylaw. This also includes clinics that provide prescriptions for cannabis for medical purposes.

How would a business that produces medical cannabis be classified in the Zoning Bylaw?

The only available business model for cannabis production and/or distribution is through a federal licence to produce and distribute cannabis for medical purposes.

Commercial licensed producers of medical cannabis, authorized by Health Canada, are classified as a General Industrial Use in the Zoning Bylaw. This use would only permit commercial producers to operate in areas zoned industrial.

Health Canada also regulates the distribution of medical cannabis. Only those registered with Health Canada are eligible to access cannabis for medical purposes.

When will the proposed draft amendments be implemented?

The draft amendments are scheduled to be presented at the June 28, 2017, City Council Public Hearing meeting.

For More Information

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Email cannabislegalization@edmonton.ca

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