Cannabis Legalization

Current Situation and Future Plans

The Federal Government has announced that recreational cannabis will be legalized on October 17th, 2018

Council has adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1871, 2018, which places a temporary ban on cannabis retail sales and commercial production within Town boundaries. This bylaw will remain in place until new regulations governing cannabis sales, production, and business licencing are implemented. 

Currently, there are no zoning regulations in regards to cannabis related businesses within Town limits. If appropriate Bylaws/Bylaw amendments were not put in place in advance of Federal legalization (October 17th), cannabis retail stores would be able to operate in any zone where retails sales are permitted, without appropriate land-use and business regulations. Bylaw No. 1871 gives the Town the time necessary to conduct further public consultation and determine the best path forward for our community.

The intent of Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1871, 2018, is to:

  1. temporarily prohibit the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products/derivatives in all zones within Town of Creston boundaries; and,
  2. temporarily prohibit the growing and production of cannabis and cannabis products/derivatives in all zones within Town of Creston boundaries, except lands designated as Agricultural Land Reserve, and except as in accordance with Federal and Provincial authority for personal consumption or personal or designated medical use.

2018 - Recreational Cannabis Legalization Community Questionnaire 

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What can Creston regulate?

Most aspects of legalization are the responsibility of the Federal and Provincial governments, but there are some aspects which the Town of Creston anticipates having the ability to regulate. These include:

  • Retail Locations (if any) and Regulations
  • Public Consumption
  • Retail Hours of Operation (if any)
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Aspects of Home Cultivation for Personal Use