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Cannabis (Marijuana) Legalization

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

Municipal Resources: