Brazeau County cannabis survey receives hundreds of responses

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
May 15, 2018 - 11:30am

Brazeau County have released the results from their cannabis legalization survey, with hundreds of area residents having their say on the issue. 

Nearly 400 people responded to the survey, with 248 Brazeau County residents responding and a further 121 Drayton Valley residents making their voices heard. 

The questions put forward in the survey focused on three major topics of cannabis legalization; cannabis retail stores, cannabis production and distribution facilities and cannabis consumption. 

When it came to the location of marijuana retail stores many respondents said that school, residential and recreation areas were the top three spots where a buffer of at least 800 meters should be implemented. Many more county residents felt that there simply should be no stores opened up at all.

Reception towards cannabis consumption was wide swinging, with the majority of respondents preferring marijuana use being banned from public spaces and only be allowed in private dwellings and properties.

Less than 20 per cent said that lighting up should be allowed within a public park, restaurant patio or any other outdoor public space. A further 30 per cent indicated that smoking pot should not be acceptable anywhere. 

The notion of the production and distribution of cannabis saw nearly 50 per cent of respondents say that they should be placed on lands zoned agricultural. 

The Brazeau County Cannabis Legalization Survey was open from March 9 to April 19.

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