Lacombe reminds residents public cannabis consumption is prohibited

Marijuana plants grown in one of the ten grow rooms inside Aurora Cannabis' 55,000 square foot medical marijuana production facility near Cremona, Alberta on Wednesday July 27, 2016. Gavin Young / Postmedia Network

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Cannabis may now be legal nation-wide, but the City of Lacombe is reminding residents that public consumption is prohibited.

The smoking or vaping of cannabis is banned from all public spaces including parks, playgrounds and trails, as per the recently passed Cannabis and Tobacco Consumption Bylaw.

“Users can only consume cannabis on private property,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy in a release issued Wednesday. “The city will not regulate recreational cannabis use on private property.”

Medicinal cannabis  users are exempt from rules for recreational cannabis, and will instead follow tobacco-smoking rules outlined by the consumption bylaw, and must be able to show medical documentation confirming their entitlement to use medical cannabis.

Violators will be fined $250 for a first offence, $500 for a second offence, and $1,000 for third and subsequent offences.

Lacombe Police Service (LPS) will enforce both provincial and local legislation regarding cannabis and other controlled substances in relation to the impaired operation of motor vehicles, which have been and will continue to be enforced with the new legislation.

“As with all intoxicating substances, Lacombe Police encourages everyone to consume responsibly and never drive under the influence of any substance that may cause impairment,” said LPS Chief Lorne Blumhagen.

What you need to know:

  • Cannabis can only be purchase from licensed stores or online at albertacannabis.org.
  • The minimum age for purchase and consumption in Alberta is 18 years old.
  • The most cannabis you can buy or carry at any given time is 30 grams.
  • Kids are not allowed to enter cannabis stores, even with an adult.
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal.
  • Only four cannabis plants are allowed per household for personal use.
  • Edibles are not legal to sell.

For more information on rules regarding recreational cannabis in Lacombe, visit www.lacombe.ca/cannabis.

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