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Legalization of Non-Medical Cannabis


Legalization of Non-Medical Cannabis

On June 21, 2018 the federal Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) received royal assent, meaning it received approval from both the House and Senate to become law; making the consumption and sale of non-medical cannabis legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.

The October 17, 2018 legalization date is to allow provinces and local governments more time to prepare their regulatory framework.  Currently, cannabis retail stores are prohibited in the City of Abbotsford. This rule will remain in effect after the Federal and Provincial legislation comes into effect until the City of Abbotsford makes changes to our existing bylaws.
 
Abbotsford City Council is looking for your feedback to help inform any changes we may need to make to our existing rules, including allowing the retail sales of non-medical cannabis in the City.  Residents were asked to provide their feedback by completing our online survey, which was available from June 26 - July 20, 2018. 
 
View the Community Engagement timeline and stages below to find more details, tentative dates and learn more about our non-medical cannabis engagement and regulatory process.

Cannabis Timeline 3

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City of Abbotsford Non-Medical Cannabis Legalization Process:

STAGE 1 CANNABIS

STAGE 1 -  BACKGROUND RESEARCH

The City of Abbotsford asked for public feedback in an online survey about the incoming legislation. 

Timeline: June 26 - July 20, 2018

 


STAGE 2

 STAGE 2 -  EXPLORE OPTIONS

The results of the survey will be shared with Council at the August 27, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting.  

View the powerpoint presentation of the Non- Medical Cannabis Survey results.

View the survey full data set (excel format).

 Timeline: Summer 2018


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STAGE 3 - RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Staff will continue to analyze the survey results and research options for developing our regulatory framework.  

Timeline: Fall 2018


STAGE 4

STAGE 4 - FINALIZING REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

Staff will draft recommendations and any required updates to bylaws for Council consideration.

Timeline: TBD

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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:

In anticipation of the Federal Cannabis Act coming into effect, the BC Provincial Government announced in February, 2018 its legislative framework to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia.

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

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For more information:

Email: cannabisfeedback@abbotsford.ca