Cannabis Business Regulations

The Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC) oversees the distribution of cannabis through private retailers in Alberta. The AGLC will not issue a retail cannabis store license in the County without first receiving the County’s approval.

The County uses its Land Use Bylaw when making decisions about the locations of cannabis related businesses, including cannabis retail sales and cannabis production and distribution facilities. Approvals are granted based on the Land Use Bylaw, which outlines where these businesses can go based on neighbouring businesses and community spaces. All cannabis related applications go to the County's Municipal Planning Commission for approval and the commission may make exceptions to the Land Use Bylaw when there would be no adverse land use impacts, and the intent of the regulation is not compromised. 

What is Cannabis Retail Sales?

Cannabis Retail Sales means development used for the retail sale of cannabis that is authorized by provincial or federal legislation. This does not include Cannabis Production and Distribution.

What is Cannabis Production and/or Distribution?

Cannabis Production and Distribution is defined in the County’s Land Use Bylaw as development used mainly for one or more of the following cannabis-related activities:

a)    the production, cultivation, and growth of cannabis;

b)    the processing of raw materials;

c)    the making, testing, manufacturing, assembling or in any way altering the chemical or physical properties of semi-finished or finished goods and products;

d)    the storage or transshipping of materials, goods and products; or the distribution and sale of materials, goods and products to Cannabis Retail Sales stores or individual customers.

How are sites selected for cannabis related business?

According to the County’s Land Use Bylaw, Cannabis Retail Sales and/or Cannabis Production and Distribution facilities may be considered in the following zoning districts:

 LAND USE DISTRICT

 RETAILER

 PRODUCTION

Limited Rural Industrial (RM) [PDF - 26 KB]

Discretionary

Discretionary

Rural Light Industrial  (RM-1) [PDF - 35 KB]

Discretionary

Discretionary

Rural Medium Industrial (RM-2) [PDF - 36 KB]

Discretionary

Discretionary

Rural Heavy Industrial (RM-3) [PDF - 36 KB]

No

Discretionary

Highway Industrial (RM-4) [PDF - 36 KB]

Discretionary

Discretionary

Comprehensive Commercial (CC) [PDF - 35 KB]

Discretionary

No

General Commercial (GC) [PDF - 25 KB]

Discretionary

No

Downtown Mixed-Use (MU1) [PDF - 12.6 MB]

Discretionary

(ground floor only)

No

Gateway Commercial (GWC) [PDF - 29 KB]

Discretionary

No

Commercial Business Centre - Minor (CBMN) [PDF - 28 KB]

Discretionary

No

Commercial Business Centre - Major (CBMJ) [PDF - 45 KB]

Discretionary

No

 

The County’s Land Use Bylaw outlines discretionary uses, meaning that approvals depend on details like distance from neighbouring businesses and community spaces as well as considering what bordering land is used for and community spaces. All cannabis related applications go to the County’s Municipal Planning Commission.

Minimum Distance Required (Setbacks)

Cannabis Retail Sales, 500 metres from:

  • Recreational Uses/Zoning
  • Municipal Reserve Land and School Reserves
  • Elementary and High Schools
  • Licensed Daycares
  • Health Facilities

Cannabis Retail Sales, 100 metres from:

  • Other Cannabis Retailers
  • Residential Districts
  • Liquor Stores

Cannabis Production / Distribution Facility, 500 metres from:

  • Recreational Uses/Zoning
  • Municipal Reserve Land and School Reserves 
  • Elementary and High Schools
  • Licensed Daycares
  • Health Facilities

Cannabis Production / Distribution Facility, 100 metres from:

  • Residential Districts

The Municipal Planning Commission may reduce the separation distance where it is demonstrated that there would be no adverse land use impacts and the intent of the regulation is not compromised. 

Do you have questions about the County's Land Use Bylaw or cannabis related regulations in the County? Contact Planning and Development Services at 780-513-3950.