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Cannabis (Marijuana) Legalization

Province releases rules for cannabis retailers

On February 16, 2018, the Government of Alberta introduced updates to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Regulation that will govern how legal cannabis retailers operate. While the regulations will establish a province-wide framework, municipalities will have the ability to adjust certain aspects to best suit their communities. Read more

AUMA advocates for municipalities to receive fair share of cannabis excise tax 

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use will have significant fiscal impacts on municipalities. AUMA is advocating for its members to receive a fair share of cannabis excise tax to cover the costs associated with legalization. Read more

Background

In spring 2017, the federal government tabled legislation to officially legalize cannabis by July 2018. This is a full year earlier than originally planned, and very ambitious, given the need to develop federal and provincial regulations, as well as associated municipal bylaws. While it’s possible that the federal government may choose to extend this deadline, AUMA is proceeding as though implementation will take place next summer.

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use will affect municipalities in a number of areas, including land use management, business licensing, bylaws, public health and education, law enforcement, and human resource policies. As municipalities will need to understand local impacts, AUMA is working with our provincial and federal partners to ensure our members have the resources and supports they need to safely and effectively implement legalization next summer.

A summary of AUMA’s advocacy on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use is shown in the table below:

Federal/Provincial Government Activity AUMA Advocacy
Federal consultation on legalizing cannabis 
for recreational use
AUMA response to federal consultation

Federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and
Regulation

Task Force Webpage

Task Force Report

AUMA response to the Task Force Report
Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act of Canada

AUMA news release

AUMA presentation to Standing Committee on Health

Provincial consultation on legalizing cannabis for
recreational use

AUMA response to provincial consultation – Phase I

AUMA response to provincial consultation – Phase II

Cannabis excise tax revenue sharing AUMA letter to the Minister of Alberta Justice
and Solicitor General

Updates to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor,
and Cannabis Regulation

Cannabis Legalization in Alberta Municipalities

AUMA Special Digest

Municipal Resources: