Lacombe County bylaw bans smoking, vaping cannabis in public places

By rdnewsNOW staff
October 16, 2018 - 6:31am Updated: October 16, 2018 - 10:26am

LACOMBE COUNTY- Following Lacombe County’s Cannabis in Your Community public engagement campaign, County Council gave second and third readings of the updated Community Standards Bylaw during their October 11 meeting.

Since the Government of Alberta gave municipalities the authority to set out their own rules on the smoking and vaping of cannabis products, Lacombe County met with the public to get their input on the bylaw.

"Our goal is to have a solid foundation in place that takes into the account the needs and concerns of the public," said Reeve Paula Law. "The feedback we heard indicated that our public wants us to limit cannabis consumption in a similar way to that of alcohol and tobacco consumption."

When cannabis legalization comes into effect on October 17, smoking or vaping cannabis products in any public places in Lacombe County will be prohibited. This includes community halls, sports fields, public open spaces (trails, nature reserves, parks, and green spaces), beaches, playgrounds, and anywhere else that the public are permitted to access.

Police officers, peace officers, and any bylaw officers appointed under the Municipal Government Act are authorized to issue violation tickets to any person caught smoking or vaping cannabis in public spaces, and the product and device used to smoke or vape may be seized.

The penalty for a first offence will be a fine of $300, with second and subsequent offences receiving a fine of at least $600.

 

(Lacombe County - Gary McKinnon)

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