Public Space Won’t Be the Place for Consuming Cannabis in Calgary

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The City of Calgary has approved a bylaw that will limit public consumption of cannabis once federal legalization has taken place.

In Calgary, public consumption rules for cannabis will be similar to those for public consumption of alcohol. Under the new Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, consumption of non-medical cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) will be prohibited in public places. A person may smoke, vape or otherwise consume cannabis on private property.

An exemption to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw will apply for medical cannabis, which may be smoked or vaped in the same areas that are allowed under the Smoking Bylaw and prohibited in the same areas.

At the time of this writing, the federal legalization date of cannabis was not yet confirmed. For the latest updates and details on Calgary’s cannabis consumption rules, please visit Calgary.ca/cannabis.

Cannabis Stores in the Community

When The City reviews a Development Permit application for a cannabis-related business, a copy of the application is sent to the local Community Association for comments and feedback. If you’re interested in knowing about cannabis-related applications in your community, please contact your Community Association or visit The City’s website at www.Calgary.ca/pdmap to view the Planning & Development Map which shows all recent applications.