Okotoks Town Council has passed their bylaw amendments for where recreational cannabis can be used and sold.

Under the Land Use Bylaw, discretionary use will be permitted in some commercial and industrial districts, and cannabis production and distribution centres will be permitted in some industrial areas.

Town administration consulted the public through an online survey, gathering the communities preference on how to accommodate the legalization of cannabis.

Mayor, Bill Robertson, says Council considered a number of factors, including whatthey felt was reasonable, implementable and enforceable before reaching their decision.

Council chose to follow the Provincial guidelines of a 100 metre buffer between retail locations and schools and healthcare facilities.

They also added sporting facilities, such as Pason Centennial Arenas and the Okotoks Recreation Centre to the guidelines.

The bylaw comes into effect once marijuana becomes legal coast-to-coast on Wednesday, October 17.


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