In preparation for the Federal Government's legalization of recreational (non-medical) cannabis on October 17th, 2018, the Town of Smithers is asking the community to help guide the development of a regulatory approach and framework. This includes land use planning decisions (i.e. where recreational cannabis retail locations may be located), business licensing (i.e. specifying local license conditions, such as operating hours or buffers) and public consumption (i.e. where recreational cannabis may be consumed).
Here’s how you can contribute your ideas:
- Complete the Survey here. Open from August 14th – September 14th, 2018, tell us your thoughts on how recreational cannabis should be regulated in Smithers.
- Stop by our Downtown Pop-Up Booth. On Friday, August 17th, 2018 from 10 am – 1 pm we will be set up at the corner of Main & Second (Bugwood Bean area) to host a drop-in information booth & to hear your ideas.
- Attend the Cannabis Cafe. On Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at the Old Church. This drop-in open house will be from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, followed by a short presentation at 6:30 pm and opportunity to participate in a facilitated dialogue with Town Council and community members to discuss your ideas, comments and feedback. Learn and discuss approaches other BC communities are taking to regulate recreational cannabis and community feedback received so far.
While the majority of recreational cannabis regulations are within the jurisdictions of the Federal and Provincial governments, the Town of Smithers does have an important role to play in setting the rules and processes to govern recreational cannabis. View the below links to learn more about the Town of Smithers and the communities’ role.
- Illustration of Government Responsibilities
- Retail Store Licensing Process
- Recreational Cannabis Smithers FAQs
- Local Governments’ Role in Licensing Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Stores
- Public Consumption of Cannabis
In response to the upcoming recreational cannabis legislation, the Town of Smithers Cannabis Working Group retained local consultants to complete a “Best Practices/Implementation Study”. The purpose of this study is to carry out community consultations and best practices review in order to inform the development of a Smithers regulatory approach and framework. The Final Report for this project will be presented to Smithers Council at the Regular Meeting on October 9th, 2018.
- Province of BC’s Approach to Cannabis Legalization
- Province of BC Non-Medical Cannabis Retail License
- BC Liquor Distribution Branch Updates
- Government of Canada - Get the Facts
- Government of Canada – Cannabis Laws & Regulations
Click here to view the PDF of the Survey
Mark Allen, P. Eng
Director of Development Services