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To ensure that the sale and use of recreational cannabis reflects Calgarians’ values, The City of Calgary has conducted research and engagement to gather information on citizens’ attitudes toward legalization and their preferences for regulating recreational cannabis in Calgary. These research and engagement results are now available at and will inform the necessary amendments of existing bylaws and help The City determine if new bylaws are needed. Over 15,000 Calgarians responded to this and gave their feedback.

Research and engagement activities took place November 2017 – January 2018 and consisted of targeted stakeholder workshops, a public online feedback form, a telephone survey, focus groups and in-depth interviews. These methods were carefully designed to gather citizen input on matters including:

  • Business regulations
  • Retail sales
  • Consumption
  • Home growing

While this feedback was valuable to the City, it still must meet federal legislation, and the provincial framework set out. Citizens feedback is needed to help us amend bylaws and to gives us direction to ensure citizens’ concerns are met when we change those bylaws.

The City is still aiming to have bylaws amended for April 2018 to help Calgarians understand the amendments before legalization comes into effect. The exact date of Canada-wide legalization is yet to be specified by the federal government.

Below are several documents for you to look at, and offer more information on this issue.

Infographic – Cannabis legalization research & engagement results
Engagement summary – Cannabis legalization research & engagement results
Research – Phone survey summary – Cannabis legalization research & engagement results
Backgrounder – Cannabis legalization research & engagement results
Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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