City of Calgary Will Not Move Forward with Plans for Public Pot Consumption Sites

With adult-use legalization taking effect across Canada in just over a month (Oct. 17), provinces are still ironing out the final wrinkles in their cannabis policies. Under Canada’s Bill C-45, individual provinces can set their own policies regarding possession and use restrictions, business licensing and other measures. And in the province of Alberta, individual municipalities also have leeway to establish their own rules. In the lead-up to the full implementation of Bill C-45, however, a few concerns remain sticking points, with perhaps the most contentious being the issue of public consumption.

Calgary Drops Plans for Public Cannabis Consumption Sites

The City of Calgary’s bylaws prohibit the public consumption of cannabis. Privately-owned residences, like apartment buildings and condos, can decide whether to allow cannabis consumption or not. That creates a problem for cannabis consumers. If a building has a cannabis ban, and there’s nowhere to go smoke in public, where can residents safely and lawfully consume cannabis?

To address the potentially serious issue, Calgary proposed setting up four public cannabis consumption sites across the city. These zones would permit the lawful consumption of cannabis products by anyone 18 years and older.

But during the public commentary period about the sites, which

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