Recreational Cannabis Legalization

The County of Grande Prairie is seeking input from residents on how the legalization of recreational Cannabis may affect our community.

Tell us what you think by completing our survey on our online engagement platform at engagecountygp.ca.

The Government of Canada is anticipating that Recreational Cannabis will be legalized this summer, and as a requirement by the federal and provincial government, all municipalities are required to amend the Land Use Bylaw and possibly introduce new bylaws to help prepare our community for the change.

A Land Use Bylaw is a legal guiding document that the County uses to regulate future development of land and buildings to ensure sustainable growth of communities and maintain quality of life. It sets out various zoning districts, what is acceptable land use in each district and how decisions on development permits are made.

On engagecountygp.ca, residents will be able to provide input on responsibilities that fall under municipalities to regulate such as where recreational cannabis facilities should be located, the types of operations and hours of operation permitted, and the areas and venues recreational cannabis should be consumed in the County. Residents will also be able to share concerns and ask County Planning and Development staff questions in regards to recreational cannabis legalization.

Residents have until March 12, 2018 to complete the survey. Print copies of the survey are also available at the County Administration Office located at 10001 84 Avenue in Clairmont.

For more information, contact Planning and Development Services at 780-513-3950.