Calgary Scraps Marijuana Consumption Sites for Legalization

Calgary Scraps Marijuana Consumption Sites for Legalization

CALGARY — After some sober second thought, the city of Calgary scraps marijuana consumption sites. The city ground out the idea of allowing people to use marijuana in four designated public areas once cannabis becomes legal next month.

A proposal called for setting aside four areas in Ward 9 that would be exempt from the Calgary marijuana consumption sites bylaw.

The bylaw prohibits the consumption of recreational cannabis in any form in public places.

But after hearing what it calls significant feedback from the community, the city says the idea of granting exemptions in Ward 9 has been scrapped.

Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra says the proposal aimed to give people a safe, legal place to use pot.

The city says while this proposal won’t proceed, council still has the ability to begin the process to consider other designated cannabis consumption areas in the future. Matt Zabloski, head of the city’s cannabis legalization project said this Wednesday in a release.

“We understand that Calgarians have diverse views on the public consumption of cannabis, and we work hard to balance citizen opinion with regulations that benefit communities overall. We want to thank everyone who took part in the engagement process. We take your feedback seriously.”

The city says about 1,800 people gave their feedback to the city on the designated public pot consumption site proposal.

The Canadian Press