Cannabis Legalization

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cannabis legalization
In April 2017, the Government of Canada announced plans to legalize the recreational use of cannabis - commonly referred to as marijuana or pot - in summer 2018. In February 2018, the Alberta Government issued its framework and legislation to regulate the use of cannabis. 

This new and amended legislation will directly affect the City of Lacombe in three key areas:

  1. Land use (development)
  2. Community standards (policing)
  3. Human resources (internal polices), and indirectly through societal impacts.

The Cannabis Readiness Committee, an advisory committee to City Council, will oversee the development and execution of a Cannabis Readiness Implementation and Monitoring Plan to ensure Lacombe is well prepared for the legalization of cannabis later this year. Members of the committee will meet as a whole and as subsidiary task forces focusing on the above three key areas.

View the Terms of Reference for the Cannabis Readiness Committee.

The CRC met regularly in March and April and have formulated their recommendations to Council on Lacombe’s approach to retail cannabis sales, cannabis production/distribution, public consumption of recreational cannabis and community supports. The CRCs recommendations will officially be presented to Council in May for their consideration.

Do you have comments or questions for the Cannabis Readiness Committee to consider? Please contact us at


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