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Let’s be blunt: survey on public cannabis consumption

December 17, 2019

The Government of Alberta is asking Alberta municipalities to complete a brief survey on local approaches to the public consumption of cannabis. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until December 30.

AUMA’s previous advocacy on this topic supported a provincial ban on consuming cannabis in public spaces, with the exception of enabling municipalities to permit consumption in certain designated areas if they chose to do so. 

Last year, AUMA members passed a resolution calling for cannabis consumption to be provincially regulated along the same lines as alcohol consumption.This resolution notes that multiple public engagement surveys conducted by Alberta municipalities found a significant degree of opposition to the public consumption of cannabis, and that a majority of Albertans preferred a regulatory approach to cannabis consumption more similar to alcohol than to smoking.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Damian Coneghan, Director of Policy and Projects with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, at

For more information on AUMA’s advocacy related to cannabis, please visit our online cannabis hub or contact the Advocacy team at