The Town of High River wants to know what you think when it comes to Marijuana sales.

The Town has launched an online survey which will remain open until Friday, March 30th to get feedback from residents, business owners and people who are interested in opening a cannabis facility.

Town Planner, Sarah Peck, says the information from the survey is very important so they can put together new land use bylaws to take to Council for approval.

"The Town has recently launched an online survey, it's going to be open until March 30th," said Peck. "The purpose is to collect feedback from the public and industry leaders on cannabis business regulations."

Peck said the Town’s intent is to create the appropriate definitions to distinguish retail, production/processing and cannabis counselling clinics, and identify the appropriate zoning designations where applications for such businesses will be considered, depending on the nature of the proposal.

The Province has laid out the framework of regulations in the Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis, but they are letting municipal governments define cannabis and other cannabis related terms in their land use bylaw.

"To customize the regulations to make them work for the individual municipalities."

With feedback from the survey town administration will draft the bylaw changes and present them to council.

"We want to get the concerns out on the table. This is the opportunity for us to write the regulations and if we miss something we will have a limited opportunity to fix it in the future."

The Town has had people indicate they are interested in opening a cannabis business.

But until they come up with a framework they can't even start the process of licensing any potential businesses.

For more information go to the Town of High River website for the survey or the Government of Alberta links for Alberta's Approach to Cannabis or the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission – Cannabis.

 

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