Retail Sales of Non-Medical Cannabis
- Legalization of Non-Medical Cannabis
- City of Abbotsford Cannabis Legalization Process
- Government Responsibilities for Non-Medical Cannabis
- Additional Non-Medical Cannabis Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Us
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.
STAGE 1 - BACKGROUND RESEARCH
Staff conducted preliminary research and raised community awareness about the federal legalization of cannabis.
Timeline: Spring 2018
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 - 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.
Timeline: In progress
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
While legalization is a federal decision, provinces and municipalities have been given areas of responsibility.
Visit the BC Government’s Cannabis Clarity website for more information regarding non-medical cannabis legislation.