Falher town council has given second and third readings to Bylaw No. 18-09, regarding the regulation of marijuana use within the municipality.
Council approved the bylaw during their meeting on October 15. Previous to this, council held an open house at the Falher Regional Recreation Complex on June 29, to get feedback from residents about the bylaw. Council also encouraged residents to fill out an online survey regarding the bylaw, and they had until August 31 to do so.
The Town of Falher is doing nothing different with its bylaw.
“We’re following the provincial standard,” says Mayor Donna Buchinski. “We’re not doing anything different.”
The rules are as follows:
. Albertans are allowed to consume (marijuana) in their homes and in some public places where tobacco is allowed, but it is banned in vehicles.
. To protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of (marijuana) is prohibited in the same places tobacco is restricted, plus on any hospital property, school property or child care facility property; in or within a prescribed distance from a playground, a sports or playing field, a skateboard or bicycle park, a zoo, an outdoor theatre, an outdoor pool or splash pad; in any motor vehicle except, those being used as temporary residences, such as parked RVs.
. (Marijuana) cannot be consumed at any (marijuana) retail outlet.
Also, provincial laws have established a number of consequences when (marijuana) is consumed in public or in a vehicle, including fines and other penalties. For more information, go to www.alberta.ca/cannabis-framework.aspx.
Contact the Town of Falher office at (780) 837-2247 if you have questions about the municipality’s marijuana bylaw.