Cannabis Survey Results

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The Town of Bruderheim is engaging with Alberta Health Services and the RCMP to prepare for the legalization of cannabis.

We gathered input from Bruderheim residents to gauge the community’s preferences related to public cannabis consumption. Thank you for filling out our survey - we received 63 responses. To view the survey results, please click here.

 

Background information:

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis (marijuana). This legislation is expected to come into effect by October of 2018.

Cannabis is currently an illegal substance (with the exception of authorized medical use) under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The new federal legislation would:

  • allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of legally-produced cannabis
  • allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household
  • set the minimum age for purchase and use at 18 years of age, with the option for provinces to increase the age limit
  • enable a regulatory regime for the licensed production of cannabis, which would be controlled by the federal government
  • enable a regulatory regime for the distribution and sale of cannabis, which would be controlled by the provincial government
  • establish new provisions to address drug-impaired driving, as well as making several changes to the overall legal framework to address alcohol impaired driving

At the municipal level, some municipalities are examining the use of smoking bylaws to approach the issue. Many health advocates and law enforcement professionals believe that tobacco, vaping and e-cigarettes and cannabis should be regulated the same way in the interest of enforceability, health, reduced normalization, and reduced nuisance.

Enforceability: Treating different types of smoking differently will make enforcement and prosecution a significant challenge.

Health: Smoking or inhaling combustibles, in any form, is bad for our health. This includes anyone exposed to second hand smoke.

Normalization: Smoking in public, particularly near young people, is concerning because it makes the behaviour appear ‘normal’, which is negative considering the health concerns.

Nuisance: Smoke travels and impacts other people in the area who are choosing not to smoke themselves.