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Cannabis Consumption

Posted on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 09:23PM

As of October 17th, 2018, recreational cannabis is legal in Canada. Each province and municipality will have a different set of rules. The County of St. Paul is working to manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interests of our community by exploring the regulation of cannabis consumption in public places. For the time being, residents and visitors must follow provincial guidelines as set in Alberta’s legislation and regulations under the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act.

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What you need to know:

  • Cannabis can only be smoked or consumed by those age 18+
  • AGLC regulates the sale of cannabis. No one under the age of 18 can enter cannabis stores, even if with an adult
  • No Cannabis shall be smoked or consumed at any retail outlet
  • Consumers may purchase and carry up to 30 g at one time
  • It is illegal to be intoxicated in a public place
  • No cannabis use in vehicles, even for passengers.
  • It remains illegal to be intoxicated under the Criminal Code and the Alberta Safety Act to drive while impaired. And, there is zero tolerance of cannabis use for drivers on a Graduated Drivers Licence (Class 5)
  • Albertans can consume cannabis in their homes
In an effort to protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of cannabis will be prohibited from any place where tobacco is restricted, and in the following places:
  • In any area or place where that person is prohibited from smoking under the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act or any other Act or the bylaws of the municipality,
  • On any hospital property, school property, or child care facility
In or within 5 metres of:
  • A playground
  • A sports or playing field
  • A skateboard park or bicycle park
  • An outdoor theatre
  • An outdoor pool or splash pad.

Legislation establishes provincial offenses for public consumption infractions and the consumption of cannabis in vehicles.

If you consume, please be considerate of others.

Author: County of St. Paul

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