The City of Calgary, Alberta may have four legal public consumption areas when Canada legalizes the recreational use and sale of cannabis later this year. All four sites under consideration by the city council are in Ward 9.
Gian-Carlo Carra, city council member of Ward 9, told the CBC that he proposed the consumption sites to make cannabis legal for all Canadians. Under Bill C-45, the country’s legalization measure, cannabis may not be consumed in public, or in apartment buildings, condominiums, and hotels. The restrictions effectively keep recreational cannabis illegal for all except homeowners and their guests.
“I did so, I guess, because I believe fully that you need to have a legal way to use, enjoy, consume a legal substance,” Carra said.
Under Calgary cannabis regulations, a city ward may be considered for public consumption sites at the request of the ward’s council member. Carra was the only one to do so.
Carra added that he believed legalization measures should include provisions for cannabis consumption clubs and similar businesses.
“I’m a little bit concerned that the legalization of cannabis that’s being rolled out by the federal and provincial governments has not created the opportunity for lounges and places like that to