The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis. There will be new federal, provincial and municipal processes for cannabis production, sale and consumption.
The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. Town of Beaumont is reviewing federal and provincial direction and legislation as it becomes available, to help manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interest of our community.
The federal and provincial governments are determining the roles and responsibilities of municipalities in cannabis legalization.
Municipalities, including Town of Beaumont, still require details and further clarification from the federal and provincial government, in areas such as public health and education, law enforcement, taxation revenue distribution and facility access. Town of Beaumont may need to create or change various services, policies and bylaws to accommodate legalization.Town of Beaumont is investigating how to best manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interests of our community. Please refer to beaumont.ab.ca/cannabis website for updated information on Cannabis.
Sharing information will be an important part of this process, including community dialogue.
We had a sample of 640 respondents that took part in this survey, with 93% of them being residents of Beaumont and the rest were business owners.In our first line of question, we found that the majority of respondents were somewhat familiar with the roles of government in strategies related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and we surmised that about 3/4’s of these respondents were in the very least aware of these roles and strategies and ¼ of being unaware at all.In preparation of a framework that will allow the Town of Beaumont to manage cannabis related land uses, we found that the majority of respondents, which was slightly more than half, wanted to find the balance between economic opportunities and the health and wellness of the community. Followed by about a third of them that preferred to only insuring the health and wellness of the community and 16% that only wanted to insure for economic opportunities. In relation to this question, we found that half of the respondents wanted a framework of regulation on cannabis stores, similar to that of liquor store and a quarter that wanted to increase regulation, compared to liquor stores.In considering the locations for cannabis retail stores, we had the majority of respondents favor retail stores in commercial areas, followed by the city center, then industrial parks and lastly, residential areas. Leading on from this question, in regards to a separating distance between recreation facilities, parks, day cares and cannabis retail stores, slightly more than half of the respondents favored a separating distance a minimum of 500 meters, followed by a quarter of them that favored a distance between a 100 and 400 meters and a tenth of them that wanted a minimum of 400 meters.Most of the respondents favored to let the market dictate the concentration of cannabis stores in strategic area of the Town of Beaumont, followed by lesser portion of respondents that favored the dispersion of cannabis retail stores in strategic area.In our final line of question, on other topics of conversation related to cannabis that the Town of Beaumont should discuss and/or investigate, the responses were centered around five dominant themes of conversation, distribution, consumption, health hazard, responsible use and safe production of cannabis in the Town of Beaumont.