Cannabis Consumption

As of October 17th, 2018, recreational cannabis is legal in Canada. Each province and municipality will have a different set of rules. 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.

The County of St. Paul passed the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw No. 2018-20 prohibiting the smoking or consumption of cannabis in a public place.  

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.