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Retail Sales of Non-Medical Cannabis


Engagement project bannerLegalization of Non-Medical Cannabis

On June 21, 2018 the Federal Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) became law, making the consumption and retail sale of non-medical cannabis legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, subject to provincial and local government regulations. Currently, the City of Abbotsford Zoning Bylaw does not permit cannabis retail stores.

Staff are undertaking a planning process to establish a regulatory framework for cannabis retail stores, based on direction from Council. This process started in 2018 and is being undertaken in four stages. 

Cannabis Timeline 3

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City of Abbotsford Non-Medical Cannabis Legalization Process:

 STAGE 1 CANNABIS

STAGE 1 -  BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Staff conducted preliminary research and raised community awareness about the federal legalization of cannabis.

Timeline: Spring 2018


STAGE 2 

STAGE 2 -  EXPLORING OPTIONS

Staff asked for public feedback in an online survey from June 26-July 20, 2018 regarding the incoming legislation. The survey results were shared with Council on August 27, 2018. Survey Results Stage 2 - August 27, 2018

 Timeline: Summer 2018


stage 3 

STAGE 3 - DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

Staff presented guiding principles and a draft regulatory framework for cannabis retail stores to Council on May 6, 2019. Council directed staff to proceed with community engagement on the draft framework. Open houses were held June 18 - June 20, 2019 and an online questionnaire was conducted June 18 - July 19, 2019. Staff are now summarizing community input and are targeting Fall 2019 for the next update to Council.

View the Stage 3 Update Report to Council - May 6, 2019

View the Planning Process for Cannabis Retail Stores presentation, May 6, 2019

View the Open House Information Panels - June 18, 2019 - June 20, 2019

Timeline: In progress


STAGE 4 

STAGE 4 - FINALIZING REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

Staff will report back with an engagement summary and prepare a final regulatory framework for cannabis retail stores. Staff are targeting completion in late 2019.

Timeline: Late 2019

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Government Responsibilities for Non-Medical Cannabis

While legalization is a federal decision, provinces and municipalities have been given areas of responsibility.

Cannabis Chart 2

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Additional Non-Medical Cannabis Information:

Visit the BC Government’s Cannabis Clarity website for more information regarding non-medical cannabis legislation.

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For more information:

Email: cannabisfeedback@abbotsford.ca