The survey is now closed.
Thank you to the residents of Medicine Hat for participating in this important public survey! There was unprecedented feedback, with over 7100 responses from people who wanted to "have their say" regarding cannabis policies in the city. The survey was open from February 1 to March 14, 2018, with both online and paper responses accepted.
The City is in the process of reviewing, tabulating and analyzing the survey results. The analysis will be provided to City Council as part of its decision-making process. Other information they will review includes federal and provincial regulations, research from other municipalities, and recommendations from major stakeholders including Alberta Health Services, and industry and community groups.
The Government of Canada has indicated that non-medical cannabis will become legal by the summer of 2018.
The Alberta provincial government will be responsible for deciding how non-medical cannabis will be distributed and sold within their provincial boundaries.
The City of Medicine Hat will have a role in developing local policies and regulations for non-medical cannabis that will determine where retail stores may be located and where public consumption will be allowed.
The City of Medicine Hat is not currently accepting applications for cannabis retail stores.
Right now it is only legal to use cannabis if you have a medical prescription. Selling cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal.
It was great to see you!
At the Sunshine Home and Garden Show (March 2-4, 2018), Planning & Development Services teamed up with the folks from Community Development to share information about the cannabis legislation and to hear what the people of Medicine Hat have to say. We were happy to host a very busy booth, receiving around another 1,000 survey responses over the weekend. Nice going, Medicine Hat!
If you missed the show...
View the displays here. (PDF)