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Updated Smoke Free Bylaw prohibits consuming cannabis in public

September 4, 2018 10:42 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Consuming cannabis in public, which includes smoking and vaping cannabis, is prohibited after City Council approved an updated Smoke Free Bylaw tonight.

The updated bylaw prohibits smoking or any form of consumption of cannabis in any public location. The City’s bylaw is in addition to the Alberta Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis that limits smoking and vaping in locations such as playgrounds, sports fields, hospitals and schools, to name a few.

The updated bylaw outlines fines of $500 for a second offence and a fine that is not less than $500 and not more than $2,500 for a third or subsequent offence.

Regulations for consumption as it pertains to the use of tobacco are unchanged with the consumption of medical cannabis in alignment with these regulations.

“Ultimately, medical marijuana users must follow the same rules when smoking or vaping as apply to tobacco,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections & Licensing Manager.

With approval of the bylaw, Red Deer is one of seven municipalities to move forward with bylaw updates that prohibits public consumption in some way.

More information about the legalization of cannabis is available on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca

For more information, please contact: 

Erin Stuart
Inspections & Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8192

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