Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw

This project is now closed. City Council reviewed the consultation and voted on February 19, 2019 to defeat the proposed bylaw. Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in the discussion.


Background:

On December 4th, City passed 1st reading of a Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw. The bylaw would only allow those with a permit to grow recreational use cannabis in their home.

Notes about the bylaw:

  • The purpose of the bylaw is to provide a licensed and structured program to assist with the regulation of cannabis growth in residences in the areas of home safety, protection for minors and to promote healthy cultivation.
  • The proposed cost of the license is $35 and the license will be valid for 1 year.
  • The bylaw only allows residential cultivation for single detached dwellings and accessory building (e.g. greenhouse).
  • The City will keep a database of license holders that can be provided to Protective Services and RCMP upon determination of the Chief Administrative Officer.

While the City conducted a survey on this topic in November (results are available on page 3 here), City Council would like to offer another opportunity for residents to have their say on this topic.

Please participate below or email planning@chestermere.ca with your comments.

For more information about the City of Chestermere's Cannabis Regulations visit www.chestermere.ca/cannabis.

This project is now closed. City Council reviewed the consultation and voted on February 19, 2019 to defeat the proposed bylaw. Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in the discussion.


Background:

On December 4th, City passed 1st reading of a Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw. The bylaw would only allow those with a permit to grow recreational use cannabis in their home.

Notes about the bylaw:

  • The purpose of the bylaw is to provide a licensed and structured program to assist with the regulation of cannabis growth in residences in the areas of home safety, protection for minors and to promote healthy cultivation.
  • The proposed cost of the license is $35 and the license will be valid for 1 year.
  • The bylaw only allows residential cultivation for single detached dwellings and accessory building (e.g. greenhouse).
  • The City will keep a database of license holders that can be provided to Protective Services and RCMP upon determination of the Chief Administrative Officer.

While the City conducted a survey on this topic in November (results are available on page 3 here), City Council would like to offer another opportunity for residents to have their say on this topic.

Please participate below or email planning@chestermere.ca with your comments.

For more information about the City of Chestermere's Cannabis Regulations visit www.chestermere.ca/cannabis.

On December 4th, City passed 1st reading of a Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw. The bylaw would only allow those with a permit to grow recreational use cannabis in their home. More details are above and in the documents to the right.

Please leave any comments you have about this bylaw below.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We do not agree with the Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw proposed by the City of Chestermere. If the Federal Government wanted this, they would have stated it before making Cannabis legal. This is a cash grab for the City of Chestermere. There are many other things our Law Enforcement team could be doing instead of monitoring the numbers of plants a person has in their home. There will be many "underground" homes for the plants. Please focus Chestermere resources on more important issues.

pivarnyik 7 months ago

If you are permitting legal cannabis growing, then you MUST permit home beer / wine making, growing vegetable gardens, honey bees and so on. Untenable at best, a blatant tax grab.

Rbauhuis 8 months ago

Although it is legal bylaw to have 4 pottwd plants to be cultivated at home lets not forget that this is a living things, it will grow the 4 plants one day will be x 4 the next week and so on, a careful monitoring of thier activies should be guarded also , they should have a house SUPRISE inspection every now and the making sure they are not building any jungle of canabis at home, this are to safeguard young people around the growers vicinity making sure the are not giving it to them. Also their house should be regiatered so that authorities would have easy access incase someone will be involve in any untoward incident

Mami 8 months ago

I have some serious concerns with the permitting systems they are proposing, it is set up to fail.They wish to implement a permit to people who wish to grow 4 plants. The reasoning behind this is to help prevent the black market from entering Chestermere. I can pretty much guarantee you that the black market won’t be pulling any permits.The permitting system is unenforceable. They do not have the means to enforce the bylaw note follow up on it. I’m also concerned that the people who do wish to follow the law will be the ones who suffer. If these permits become public record, what stops potential homebuyers from finding out cannabis was grown there? It has the potential to lower the value of your house, even though four plants will never make enough humidity to damage the house. I’d be more concerned with large fish tanks to be honest.It’s set up to fail, plain and simple. There is zero reason for the town to have any involvement with Home cultivation unless they are providing basic care tips for how to safely cultivate cannabis.My suggestion to the planning and development committee was to do just that. Put out some information on how to properly and safely cultivate cannabis for personal use.One more note, people growing under an acmpr license do not require any permission from either the county or their landlords for their personal medical grow.

Wanderingwest1979 8 months ago

This would be a huge breach of my privacy. You have no right to know what I may or may not do with a legal substance. Would you like to tell us how to “safely” store our alcohol, knives and other harmful things also or register them so you can keep a handy database to provide to child protective services and the RCMP? I have never heard of such a ridiculous notion. I think council must have far too much time on their hands to come up with this severe breach of citizens rights

Brandi Morgan 8 months ago

Listen to the people. We don’t want this!

Sam 8 months ago

My biggest concern would be point #4. Cannabis is a legal substance in Canada and legally I can have 4 plants. By what right do you put me in a database and share my information with anyone else?

Daniel Gretener 8 months ago

I agree with the vast majourity of people commenting here. There is no benefit to having to register to grow plants that are legal federally. I do appreciate council consulting with the residents on this - and consulting twice on this particular issue. However, the proposed registration seems to be based on fear, and seriously oversteps the rights of citizens.

NatHas 8 months ago

A licence should not be required. It’s legal by federal law to have up to 4 plants in ones home. This seems nothing more than a money grab by the city to require a licence to be renewed for something that’s federally legal already.

Hexified 8 months ago

This is directed to the Mayor of Chestermere, it is well understood that you have taken on this bylaw as a matter of personal feelings rather than an educated well-informed opinion. The bylaw as proposed is a direct overreach of office. First of all, you breach human rights laws by giving private information (licenses for growing cannabis) over to the R.C.M.P. (Just wanting to remind you at this point cannabis is legal to poses smoke and grow as per the Federal government) Are you wanting the city of Chestermere to be sued? The 48 hours is not sufficient to enter the property, they would need a proper warrant-sworn by a police officer and signed by a judge/JP. For that, the police would have to have enough evidence to secure a warrant. It is not the same as the city checking your water meter where they can show up with little notice to inspect 'their property'. You are sadly informed if you think that "notice is all you have to give to enter someone's house lawfully. Municipal bylaws cant supersede Federal law. Such law is what is consider Ultra Vires- i.e outside your jurisdiction. Please reconsider your bylaw, educate yourself on the subject of Cannabis and learn some law. Best regards.

Dan Ness 8 months ago

I think that requiring residents to register prior to growing cannabis in our own homes is nothing but a money grab and an intrusion on my rights as a home owner.In the case of rental properties and multi family dwellings it should be up to the owners not the city to determine how it is dealt with.Given that over 60% of respondents and not in favor of this approach why dont you listen to the community? After all that is who you work for.

Bjgraing 8 months ago

It does appear that the mayor has brought years of baggage with him that comes from him being inundated with messaging that cannabis is root of most criminal activity. And perhaps through the illegality of cannabis, this self-fulfilling prophecy did occur. The government made it illegal, law enforcement was told to enforce the law without question, a black market was created and supported other less than community building activities. But this is not causal effect of cannabis to organized crime – it took the nurturing of legislation to create this problem.In a way I sympathize with our mayor as the government’s propaganda on the necessity to keep this plant illegal goes back decades – right up until the pharmaceutical companies were able to isolate and replicate cannabinoids. And our mayor, does need to somehow rationalize his past and the number of persons that he assisted to incarcerate in his time in law enforcement for something that is now rightfully legal. This coupled with how many times he must have spouted off about the evils of this plant; to now in any way accept it must go against his very nature. But like the buggy whip makers when Henry Ford brought out the automobile, change with the times or become obsolete.The notion of this bylaw being about safety has to be bordering on fake news. The city isn’t interested in the amounts of gardening starting in the next 30 days as people start their outdoor garden inside; their flowers, their herbs, their vegetables – even if this is being done under the same lighting that grows cannabis; no, the focus is on the cannabis under the façade of safety. I expect better from this council, truly!And if this is about safety of the plant, then surely there’s more dangerous plants to focus on. For example, that plant that grows oxalic acid in its leaves. The same acid that can be documented to cause kidney stones, it’s poisonous, and it can be easily converted into an insecticide – people in Chestermere are growing insecticide Council! Yet the nobody cares about the rhubarb we all see being grown without license and concern. I believe too that having some poppies growing not only looks terrific, but this is where opium comes from, and let’s not forget about the cotoneaster shrub berries. Yet Council again is silent on all these, not requiring lists and licensing of any sort. Doing so would be ridiculous, like this bylaw requiring registration but is hypocrisy at its finest.And what of enforcement. Does Council and our mayor believe that random searches of people’s homes is justified for a bylaw? That search warrants will be issued to those who are suspected of growing this devil’s weed with its roots in the depths of hell? Or does the licensing and subsequent legislation then allow random entrances into the homes of those licensed like the home business bylaw does?So, if there’s no current problem, only the hauntings of past careers, and there’s no way to reasonably enforce this, and there’s no reason to put people on a list supplied to police like those who legally grow this plant are some sort of sub-citizen then why create this bylaw? It’s an infringement of community to require our neighbors to be listed on a police file like the community is populated with pedophiles.Council, I’d prefer that you focus on the current problems, real ones – not future fear-based ones that are nothing less than paranoid projections and creating embarrassing bylaws that make zero sense. This type of measure would appear to me to be Council imposing on the city rather than serving the city. I beseech each councilor to vote against this!

HarryS 8 months ago

Removed by moderator.

Andrew Orme 8 months ago

This is ridiculous. Don't need a license to make wine or beer or to grow tomatos, herbs, etc. Why should you need a license to grow your own cannabis? Waste of time and money. Put your resources elsewhere instead of sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. Seeing the amount of comments in this conversation saying the exact same thing why is this even being discussed still? You have your answer. Go find another money grab idea because we see right through this one.

Andrew Orme 8 months ago

What an absolute waste of time and money. Come on council get your act together, do I need a permit for my house plants? For my fish tank? If I want to grow my own tobacco? Please rethink this stupidity. The police already have the power to control abuses we don’t need a bylaw. Worry about fixing CUI and helping develop small businesses in town, your current approach is not doing very well. We are all paying attention, and the next election is just around the corner.

Mike Bond 8 months ago

Why is the City of Chestermere even wasting additional time on this ridiculous topic? The last survey only had 255 respondents out of 20,000 people in our city. Out of those 255 respondents 60% thought this was an overstep for our city council to attempt to impose such a new bylaw.Here would be a basic scenario:1. Bylaw officer shows up at door and asks to search house for a 4 plant cannabis grow as "someone" called in a complaint about bright lights or a weird smell or just a neighbor who does not like you2. Resident refuses bylaw officer to search home as that is an extreme invasion of privacy given the Federal Laws in place.3. Bylaw officer leaves and then goes to the RCMP station to get the RCMP to request a search warrant to search a residents home due to a complaint.4. The RCMP then actually take the time to go to court to convince a judge that this is of an urgent matter to obtain access to a private residence because there is a complaint about a possible person not having a $35 licence approved from the City of Chestermere to grow cannabis.5. After all of the above happens and all of the resources and time has been taken to get access to a private residence to see if they actually are growing 4 legal plants of cannabis, in our city without the required $35 licence. That's when they realize that this resident is actually growing something but after closer inspection they are simply just herbs like oregano, dill, basil etc.So now due to the City of Chestermere making this a bylaw that will need to be enforced with the need of the RCMP as well as the Justice system they have just wasted the time and resources of the RCMP which could been used towards much more important issues within our community as well as time in the Justice system which is already stressed.To the council of the City of Chestermere. You were voted in to make our lives safer and more affordable within our community and this time and money being wasted on such a trivial part of our needs within our City is and extreme overstep on your part. Shame on this actually continuing.

Chestermere Resident 8 months ago

This clearly is a method for the city to get involved in the marijuana legalization through another tax grab. And of what other cultivation will the city see fit to impose taxes on? Lawns, outdoor gardens, indoor herb gardens?I think this is a blatant tax with no backdrop on safety that’s justifiable other than an out of touch council looking for a revenue stream.

Neil Neufeld 8 months ago

Why do you need to insert yourself into something that's already regulated? This is becoming a habit. No difference here than requesting business licenses from drivers of ride sharing companies.You are not providing an added service in any way whatsoever, and are simply creating barriers where they aren't needed. Please do not go forward with this.

Candace Ortiz 8 months ago

There isn't a beer or liquor making bylaw. Cannabis should be treated the same.Legal and law enforcement will apply.

Rbauhuis 8 months ago

THE CITY NEED$ YOUR CA$H SO THEY CAN SEND OUT MORE PEOPLE TO IN$PECT WHAT$ IN YOUR GARBAGE BAG!!!

ChestermereRes 8 months ago