Canadians care about the impact of cannabis legalization and municipal governments will be the first place they turn to if they have concerns.
From preventing people from smoking near schools, to ensuring that cannabis production happens safely and mandating where cannabis businesses will be able to operate, local governments must set the rules that will impact the way legalization affects people.
Developing the rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task. And we need to get it right. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues including land use planning, business licensing and public consumption.
FCM designed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to provide an overview of the work ahead for local governments and offer both policy and regulatory options to choose from.
It will take coordinated effort from all orders of government to ensure that Canadians are safe and well-served during the process of cannabis legalization. This guide can help communities get it right.