Smoking, vaping and consuming cannabis in public will be prohibited if City Council approves an updated Smoke Free Bylaw that now includes regulations related to cannabis use. City Council heard first reading of the updated bylaw at City Council today.
The proposed bylaw, if approved, prohibits smoking or any form of consumption of cannabis in any public location. The City’s bylaw is in addition to the Alberta Cannabis Act that limits smoking and vaping in locations such as playgrounds, sports fields, hospitals and schools, to name a few.
“Consideration to prohibit public consumption of cannabis comes on the heels of consultation with stakeholders and citizens,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections & Licensing Manager. “The updated bylaw is reflective of recommendations made by Alberta Health Services as well as feedback from our citizens in which 72 per cent indicated they were concerned about public consumption.”
During first reading, Council requested amendments to the bylaw that include a fine 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.
In addition, administration will explore amendments to prohibit the smoking or vaping of medical cannabis in public places as well as how best to address the issue of smoking cannabis in multi-unit housing before the bylaw comes back for second and third reading.
Regulations for consumption as it pertains to the use of tobacco are unchanged.
With approval of the bylaw, Red Deer will be one of seven municipalities to move forward with bylaw updates that prohibits public consumption in some way.
Second and third reading of the bylaw will occur on September 4, 2018.
More information about the legalization of cannabis is available on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Inspections & Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer