Council Decision on Land Use Rules for Cannabis Retail Stores:
At a public hearing held on July 16th, 2018, City Council voted to adopt rules for cannabis retail stores.
View adopted rules (PDF) for cannabis retail stores in Medicine Hat
All applications for Cannabis Retail Stores will receive a decision from the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC). Development Permit applications will be reviewed by Planning & Development Services in the order in which they are applied and applications will then be scheduled for an MPC session. After a decision is made by the MPC there is a two week appeal period where members of the public, or an applicant, will have the opportunity to appeal a decision.
View MPC meeting schedule.
Development Permit applications for Cannabis Retail Stores will be approved conditional to superior levels of government completing the process of legalizing cannabis as well as an individual receiving a licence from the AGLC to retail cannabis. This means that a development permit may be approved prior to the legalization of cannabis or the issuance of a licence from the AGLC, but the permit will not become valid until cannabis becomes legal in Canada and the applicant has received their licence to retail cannabis. The latest information from the federal government is that cannabis will become legal on October 17, 2018. All development permits for cannabis retail stores will become valid after legalization of cannabis occurs and an applicant has received a cannabis retail licence from the AGLC.