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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:




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

Timeline: Spring 2018

STAGE 2   


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 


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.

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

View the Stage 3 Update Presentation - May 6, 2019

View the Open House Information Panels

Timeline: Fall 2018 - Summer 2019



Staff presented a summary of community engagement and recommendations for next steps to Council on Monday, September 30 (see Council Report PDS 078-2019 and the presentation for details). At this meeting, Council directed staff to prepare bylaw amendments and a policy to implement the Planning Process for Cannabis Retail Stores.

Staff introduced a proposed Cannabis Store Regulations Amendment Bylaw and a proposed Cannabis Retail Store Policy to Council on November 4, 2019 (see Council Report PDS 092-2019 and the presentation for details). Council gave the Bylaw 1st and 2nd readings and scheduled a Public Hearing for November 18, 2019. If you believe your property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, attend the Public Hearing in person (see details below), or send a submission in writing via e-mail to the City Clerk at or fax to 604-853-1934 by November 18, 2019.

Public Hearing Details:

When:     Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where:    Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford City Hall,
                32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Timeline: Stage 4 is in progress; targeted completion by 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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