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Cannabis Retailers

Summary:

The Federal Government has announced that recreational cannabis will be legalized on October 17, 2018. Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments will all have different responsibilities:

Federal
Provincial
Municipal

Production

Packaging

Home Cultivation

Possession Limits

Trafficking

Advertising

Minimum Age Limits (18)

Medicinal Distribution & Consumption

Enforcement

Wholesale & Retail Distribution

Retail regulations

Workplace Safety

Smoking restrictions

Discretion to set more restrictive limits for:

  • Minimum age for consumption (19 in SK)
  • Possession amount

Enforcement

Zoning (density, location)

Business Licensing

Building / Fire Codes

Additional smoking restrictions

Odours

Municipal workplace safety

Enforcement

Cannabis Retailers in Yorkton:

Through the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, the Province will allow two cannabis retailers in Yorkton. The City is now looking to create zoning regulations that allow for these retailers while also respecting recommendations to separate them from youth-focused uses. As a result, the City is proposing that Cannabis Retailers be:

  • Allowed to operate in most commercial and industrial zoning districts;
  • Prohibited from operating in residential, neighbourhood commercial and
    community service zoning districts;
  • Separated from schools by a distance of 150 metres (500 feet); and
  • Separated from approved daycares by 75 metres (250 feet).

Click on the link to view the June 25, 2018 Council Report on Zoning Regulations for Cannabis Retailers and the Zoning Map showing Possible locations for the Cannabis Retailers.

We invite your feedback on the proposed regulations. Questions may be directed to:

Michael Eger, Director of Planning, Building & Development
Phone: (306) 786-1758
Email:

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, Yorkton, SK. City Council will hear all individuals who are present and wish to speak to the proposed amendment. All written submissions will be read verbatim by the City Clerk unless the submitter is in attendance to speak on behalf of their submission.

If you wish to provide written comments for Council’s consideration, they must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Written submissions must be directed to:

Jessica Matsalla, Director of Legislation and Procedures
Email:

Comments may be sent via mail, email, or delivered in person.

Other Considerations:

Cannabis Retailers, including security, display, advertising and packaging, will be tightly regulated by Federal and Provincial regulations, as will possession, consumption and impairment. The City will monitor these regulations as they are announced and fill in any gaps as it relates to Business Licensing and smoking restrictions.

More Information:

Website: Cannabis in Saskatchewan
Website: Cannabis in Canada
Website: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) – Cannabis Legalization

Research Report:
Johnson Shoyoma Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Regina) – Legalizing & Regulating Cannabis in Saskatchewan

News Release: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2018/july/04/ticketing-of-cannabis

Cannabis Penalties Table

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