Cannabis

To prepare for the legalization of recreation cannabis on October 17th, 2018, local planning consultants were retained to collaborate with the Town’s cannabis ad hoc committee/working group to complete a Cannabis Legalization Best Practices & Implementation Study. The final report outlines recommended Town policy and bylaw changes to ensure that the Town has the required processes and regulations in place to respond to provincial license referrals, local Business License applications & zoning enquiries.

A link to the October 9th, 2018 Council meeting agenda and Cannabis Legalization Best Practices & Implementation Study are provided here.

The Town has recently developed and adopted a Liquor & Cannabis Licensing Policy and application that establishes a clear process, procedure and fee structure for administering provincial referrals. Click this link for more information on the updates to the Town's Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Policy and the local application process. Below are further references:

The Town is in the process of considering bylaw amendments to permit cannabis-related businesses in the downtown as well as additional regulations such as buffers and business license application fees. A public hearing in regards to Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-07 and a public opportunity to speak regarding the Business License Bylaw 1850 will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers. Background Information:

Smithers' Role
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 & communities’ role.

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Contact:
Mark Allen, P. Eng
Director of Development Services
cannabis2018@smithers.ca

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Smithers Role:
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.

Project Background:
In preparation for the Federal Government's legalization of recreational (non-medical) cannabis on October 17th, 2018, the Town of Smithers is asked 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).

  • A survey was conducted between August 14th to September 14th, 2018 for the public to tell us your thoughts on how recreational cannabis should be regulated in Smithers.
  • A Downtown Pop-up Booth was held on August 17th, 2018 at the corner of Main & Second (Bugwood Bean area) to host a drop-in information booth & to hear your ideas.
  • A Cannabis Cafe was held on September 6th, 2018 at the Old Church. A short presentation and opportunity to participate in a facilitated dialogue with Town Council and community members to discuss ideas, comments and feedback. Learn and discuss approaches other BC communities are taking to regulate recreational cannabis and community feedback received so far.

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 was presented to Smithers Council at the Regular Meeting on October 9th, 2018. 

Other Resources

 

Contact:
Mark Allen, P. Eng
Director of Development Services
cannabis2018@smithers.ca

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