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The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis. There will be new federal, provincial and municipal processes for cannabis production, sale and consumption.The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. Town of Redwater is reviewing federal and provincial direction and legislation as it becomes available, to help manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interest of our community. 

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis refers to products made from the leaves, flowers and resins of the cannabis plant. Other names for cannabis include marijuana (marihuana) or pot. Cannabis users smoke, vaporize, or add cannabis to food or drinks.Today, it is only legal to use cannabis with a medical prescription. The Government of Canada has passed legislation that will legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018, allowing cannabis to be used for recreational purposes.

Open House

On June 27, 2018 the Town of Redwater hosted an open house to provide residents with information about forthcoming legislation as well as regulations that will affect the municipality surrounding the production, sales and consumption of cannabis products in the Town.

Below are the links for the following information:

Cannabis Survey Results

The Town of Redwater's surveys on cannabis, have now been reviewed by Council. Please click here to view the results. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the Open House and complete the surveys.

What's Next?

The federal and provincial governments are determining the roles and responsibilities of municipalities in cannabis legalization.

Municipalities, including the Town of Redwater, still require details and further clarification from the federal and provincial government, in areas such as public health and education, law enforcement, taxation revenue distribution and facility access. The Town of Redwater may need to create or change various services, policies and bylaws to accommodate legalization. The Town of Redwater is investigating how to best manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interests of our community. 

Engaging stakeholders and the public will be an important part of this process.

After gathering opinions form the citizens, the Town will move forward with preparing amendments on various bylaw regulations in relation to Land Use, Business Licensing and Consumption (smoking).

The Town of Redwater will also address and place land use regulations on licensed cannabis growing, production, distribution and processing facilities, retail sales facilities and consumption to reflect the changes in Provincial and Federal regulations. A public hearing will be held on October 2, 2018 in Council Chambers (4924 47 St) at 6:30 pm to hear input on the proposed Bylaw 858 Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 811. The purpose of the amendment bylaw is: 

To incorporate new regulations for cannabis & hemp production & distribution facilities as well as cannabis retail establishments, amend the Land Use District map to include a new industrial zone to provide for cannabis & hemp productions & distribution facilities east of 44th street and update administration processes related to approvals, within Land Use Bylaw 811. 

Click here for more information.

Click here to view the Land Use Bylaw Amendments that relate to cannabis. 

Bylaw regulations regarding Land Use, Smoking and Business Licensing for the Town of Redwater will be brought forward for approval in the fall through Public Hearings. Watch the local newspaper and our website for the public hearing dates.

Federal and Provincial Roles

Information from these levels can be found at the following locations.


Federal – Bill C-45

Federal - regulations

Provincial – Legislation and Policies

Provincial – Cannabis legalization in Alberta

Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization