Cannabis - What You Need to Know

Cannabis Regulations in Vulcan County

 

The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada. Cannabis became legal on October 17, 2018.

Vulcan County adheres to the standards set by the Province of Alberta for regulating consumption of cannabis. Alberta’s Cannabis Framework is available here. We will continue to monitor activity within the County and engage the public regarding everything from cannabis production to sales to consumption. 


 

 

Cannabis Legalization in Alberta Short Video

 

Consuming Cannabis

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Possession of Cannabis

 

Cannabis Retail Stores in Vulcan County

 
 
Growing and Processing Cannabis in Vulcan County
 
 

Resources

Cannabis Legalization in Alberta Short Video

Vulcan County’s approach to the legalization of cannabis is aligned with the Province of Alberta. Watch the short video below to review Alberta’s rules.


Consuming Cannabis

In Alberta, the minimum age for the purchase or consumption of cannabis is 18. Public smoking or vaping of cannabis in Alberta is prohibited in any place where tobacco is restricted, and in the following places:

  • On any hospital property, school property, or child care facility property,
  • In or within 5 meters of:
  • A playground,
  • A sport or playing field,
  • A skateboard or bicycle park,
  • A zoo,
  • An outdoor theatre,
  • An outdoor poll or splash pad, and
  • Any motor vehicles, with the exception of those being used as a temporary residence, such as a parked RV.

Possession of Cannabis

Adults in Vulcan County can possess up to 30g of dried cannabis or equivalent in any other form, in a public place, in line with the federal possession limit.

People under the age of 18 are not allowed to purchase or be in possession of any cannabis. Youth who possess 5g or less will not be charged criminally, but will be subject to action similar to underage possession of tobacco and alcohol.

When cannabis is in a car, it must be secured in closed packaging, and out of reach of all occupants.

As per the Cannabis Act, adults can grow up to 4 plants per household from seeds bought from licensed cannabis retailers.


Cannabis Retail Stores in Vulcan County

All cannabis retail stores must meet or exceed various safety and security standards set by the Government of Canada and Province of Alberta. Once they have attained the approval of these higher bodies, they must receive a development permit from Vulcan County to begin development.

As per the Vulcan County Land Use Bylaw, cannabis retail stores are a discretionary use in Hamlet Commercial and Rural Commercial zones, with restrictions over and above standard commercial uses. This means that they are subject to the discretion of the Municipal Planning Commission and, potentially, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. These two bodies will hear arguments for and against the development and make a decision.

After development has been completed, cannabis retail facilities continue to be subject to monitoring regarding compliance to regulations set by all applicable governments.


Growing & Processing Cannabis in Vulcan County

Like with cannabis retail stores, cannabis production facilities must meet or exceed safety and security standards set by the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta and after receiving approval from them, must receive a development permit from Vulcan County before development is permitted to proceed.

As per the Vulcan County Land Use Bylaw, cannabis production facilities are a discretionary use in Rural Commercial and Rural Industrial zones, with restrictions over and above standard industrial uses. This means that they are subject to the discretion of the Municipal Planning Commission and, potentially, the Subdivision Appeal Board. These two bodies will hear arguments for and against the development and make a decision.


 

Resources

Government of Canada

Province of Alberta

Vulcan County

For Parents

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Vulcan County

Vulcan County, conveniently located in beautiful sunny southern Alberta, is a vibrant and progressive rural community with prime farming, ranching, residential, leisure and recreation opportunities. Strategically situated one hour south of Calgary and one hour north of Lethbridge, we offer a rich quality of life in a rural setting.

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 Box 180, 102 Centre St. Vulcan, AB
 (403) 485-2241
 (403) 485-2920

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