Cannabis Legalization

The federal government has introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by October 17, 2018. This bill provides a plan for regulating cannabis and sets standards for:

  • Health and safety;
  • What actions are illegal or criminal; and
  • What aspects of cannabis regulation are the responsibility of the provinces.

  Read the Alberta Cannabis Framework to learn more.

Strathmore's Action Plan

Cannabis is already legal for medical consumption with a prescription from a doctor and may be consumed in a variety of ways, including smoking, vaporizing and oral ingestion, depending on the prescription. As the legalization date of cannabis approaches, the Town of Strathmore will continue to release more details on things like land use, zoning, public consumption bylaws, and more. Visit our "Bylaws Under Review" page for more details and drop by the Public Hearing on September 19th to give your feedback on the proposed Land Use Bylaw regulations for Cannabis Stores. View the chart below for a better understanding of legislative jurisdiction.

Alberta Health Services has also provided the Town with recommendations given during the September 5th Council Meeting - you can see those recommendations here.

Business Resources

If your considering launching a cannabis store in Strathmore, please read the following sections carefully.

In addition to the requirements listed in the appropriate Change of Use Development Permit Checklist or New Commercial, Industrial, or Institutional Development Permit Checklist, please also include the requirements listed in the Cannabis Store Development Permit Checklist. All requirements noted in the checklists must be included with your development application submission package for a Cannabis Store. Remember, any store that sells or displays cannabis must have a provincial retail cannabis license from the provincial government. Cannabis sales will remain illegal until October 17th. 

A cannabis store must be a stand-alone use, which means it cannot be combined with another use, such as convenience store. Cannabis consumption in the store is not permitted. Cannabis stores allow for medical cannabis counseling and the ancillary retails sale ro rental of cannabis related merchandise. 

All businesses in Strathmore require their site to have the appropriate land use that allows for the proposed business use. Each space in a building has its own specified, approved use that cannot be changed without a development permit. Cannabis-related businesses can only operate within specific land uses.

All of our checklists and applications can be reviewed on our Packages and Checklists page.

Click here to see the areas in which Cannabis Stores are approved to operated.


  • April 2017: Federal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act
  • June 2017: Provincial government opens online survey and opportunity for feedback
  • October 2017: Provincial regulations are drafted for public input
  • November 2017: Bill 26 is introduced and passed by Alberta legislature.
  • November 2017 - February 2018: Research and Engagement
  • May 24, 2018: Marijuana regulations public open house hosted at Civic Centre
  • July 19, 2018: Land use bylaw amendments presented to council
  • September 12, 2018: Alberta Health Services provides recommendations for Town Council, view the recommendations here.
  • September 19, 2018: Public hearing for proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments regarding cannabis was held - view the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendments here.

Date Updated: September 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM