Cannabis in Beaumont
Public Consumption of Cannabis in Beaumont
On September 25, 2018, Council approved the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw (Bylaw 929-18), which regulates the consumption of cannabis within Beaumont. This bylaw came into effect on October 17, 2018. The minimum age for purchase and consumption in Alberta will be 18 years old.
- Consuming Cannabis(smoking or vaping) in any public place in Beaumont is prohibited. Beaumont will not regulate cannabis use on private property.
- If you live in a condo or apartment, condo boards and landlords may set regulations.
- Medicinal cannabis users cannot smoke, vape or consume cannabis in any Designated Public Places as described by the Smoke-Free Public Places Bylaw 593-03.
- Medicinal cannabis users must, on demand of a Peace Officer, produce a copy of the person’s medical document if consuming Cannabis in public.
- 30 grams is the most anyone can buy or carry at a time. A minor under the age of 18 cannot enter cannabis stores, even with an adult.
- Each household can only grow 4 plants.
- Driving high is illegal and cannabis cannot be within reach of anyone in a vehicle.
- The fine for smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis in a public place and eating or consuming edible cannabis product in a public place within Beaumont is $250.00.
Purchasing Cannabis and Cannabis Retail Locations
Albertans have two options for purchasing recreational cannabis:
- Privately run retail stores
- Provincial government-operated online sales
Physical retail locations are subject to provincial government regulations and the terms of licenses granted by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, including the aforementioned details. AGLC began accepting applications for cannabis retail licenses on March 6, 2018. Beaumont will also play a role in establishing retail locations within the community. Kids cannot enter cannabis stores, even with an adult.
Details on licensing and establishing a cannabis retail operation are now available from the provincial government.
Online sales and home delivery are operated by the provincial government. This is in response to concerns raised by Albertans about the need for strict control over age verification processes during the initial sale and at time of delivery. It also gives Albertans confidence in their purchases, as there will be a single online source for recreational cannabis.
Though cannabis cafes and lounges will not be permitted at this time, the updated provincial legislation gives the authority to regulate these forms of establishments should the government decide to allow them at a later date. Further information is available on the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission website.