New cannabis legislation

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis. This legislation is expected to come into effect in the fall of 2018.

The federal legislation will:

  • allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of legally-produced cannabis
  • allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household
  • set the minimum age for purchase and use at 18 years of age, with the option for provinces to increase the age limit
  • enable a regulatory regime for the licensed production of cannabis, which would be controlled by the federal government
  • enable a regulatory regime for the distribution and sale of cannabis, which would be controlled by the provincial government
  • establish new provisions to address drug-impaired driving, as well as making several changes to the overall legal framework to address alcohol impaired driving

The new legislation covers oils, vapours and smoking of cannabis. It does not yet include edibles.

Following the Federal Government's decisions under its jurisdiction, the Province of Alberta made decisions under its jurisdiction. There is a helpful chart on which level of government controls what areas when it comes to cannabis.  And you can read Alberta's action plan on cannabis as well. 

Now it is our turn to look at the areas under our jurisdiction and decide what is right for our community. 


Cannabis Use - Recreational or Medical

Cannabis can only be consumed at a private residence or the designated Cannabis Consumption Site which is located at 269 Sierra Springs Dr. SE. This excludes condominium units and apartments which are subject to rules and regulations set out by their respective boards. 

Cannabis cannot be consumed on any commercial, industrial, recreational or institutional property that is not a private residence.

Cannabis consumption during special events may be allowed in designated areas that have been given prior approval by the City at the organizer's discretion. 

Medical cannabis users are only subject to the existing Smoking Bylaw provided they produce the proper medical documentation.

For information on where you can smoke cannabis, please refer to the following:

Recreational use

Medical use


Land Use Bylaw amendments

On September 4, 2018, Council adopted amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to include definitions, standards and regulations on Cannabis Facilities and Cannabis Retail businesses, and establish a supporting map which will form a part of Land Use Bylaw No. B-01/2016 and outlines the properties for which Cannabis Retail is a Permitted or a Discretionary Use.

The amending Bylaw that was approved by Council is available here.

Questions about Land Use Bylaw requirements or Development Permit applications can be directed to Planning and Development at 403.948.8800 ext 8705 or email


Smoking Bylaw - public consumption

On July 3, 2018, Council adopted amendments to the Smoking Bylaw to clarify that it regulates medical cannabis use, but does not regulate recreational cannabis use. 

Questions about cannabis consumption in the City of Airdrie can be directed to Legislative Services at 403.948.8800 or email


Project Timeline

Public Consultation - information gathering April 15 - May 15
Analysis of input May 15- June 1
Report to Council and public on findings June 4
Present draft ammended bylaws for Council review July 3, 2018
Public hearing for a land use bylaw amendment August 20, 2018
Cannabis will be legalized Federally October 17, 2018

Public consultation process


The results of the public consultation process can be read in the What We Heard Report: Cannabis.  


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