IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) request that the Alberta Government amend the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act to ensure the consumption of cannabis is provincially regulated the same as liquor is currently regulated in public spaces across Alberta.
WHEREAS the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act (the “Act”) and its associated regulation establish rules for the use and consumption of liquor and the use, smoking and vaping of cannabis in public spaces;
WHEREAS the Act provides much more stringent restrictions on liquor consumption in public spaces than cannabis despite the intoxicating effects of both substances;
WHEREAS in preparing for federal legalization of cannabis possession, many municipalities across Alberta have received public feedback in opposition to widespread consumption of cannabis in public spaces; and
WHEREAS Alberta’s municipalities have had a limited timeframe to interpret Federal and Provincial legislation, consult their residents regarding public consumption, draft appropriate bylaws for cannabis consumption, and consider broader regional and provincial impacts.
Section 89 also allows some permissions for liquor consumption in public parks or picnic areas, if designated by the owner as permissible, and if the liquor is consumed with food. Many other Canadian Provinces and Territories have implemented legislation that treats the public consumption of cannabis very similar to Alberta’s approach to liquor consumption, per the above, including: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nunavut, and the Yukon.
No response has been received to date. With the recent change in government, AUMA has forwarded this resolution to the new Minister of Justice and Solicitor General for a response.