The Planning & Development section of the Operations Department manages the Municipal Development Plan, Area Structure Plans, and the Town's Land Use Bylaw, all of which need to be current for handling cannabis in Olds Alberta.
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Cannabis in Olds

Contact - Planning
Phone: 403-507-4804

Cannabis became legal across Canada on October 17, 2018. There are new federal, provincial and municipal processes for cannabis production, sale and consumption. The legalization of cannabis will have many impacts. The Town of Olds has reviewed federal and provincial direction and legislation, to help manage the legalization of cannabis in the best interest of our community.

Click here to see the survey results regarding Cannabis legislation for the Town of Olds in Alberta Canada.

What is cannabis? Cannabis refers to products made from the leaves, flowers and resins of the cannabis plant. Other names for cannabis include marijuana or pot. Cannabis users smoke, vaporize, or add cannabis to food or drinks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What land use districts are cannabis stores permitted in?
Cannabis retail sales are a permitted use in the Central Commercial, Highway Commercial, Highway Commercial A, Shopping Centre Commercial, and Industrial Business districts.

Will Olds cap the number of cannabis stores?
No, the Town will not be capping the number of cannabis retail stores.

Is there a setback requirement between cannabis stores?
Yes. As per Land Use Bylaw amending Bylaw 2018-24, there is a distance separation requirement of 150 metres between cannabis retailers.

Are there setback requirements from school sites or hospitals?
Yes. As per Land Use Bylaw amending Bylaw 2018-24, there is a distance separation requirement of 150 metres between cannabis retailers and schools and hospitals.

Are there setback requirements from parks, playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities?
Yes. As per Land Use Bylaw amending Bylaw 2018-24, there is a distance separation requirement of 150 metres between cannabis retailers and a park, playground or outdoor recreational facility.

Are there setback requirements from libraries and indoor community recreational facilities?
Yes. As per Land Use Bylaw amending Bylaw 2018-24, there is a distance separation requirement of 150 metres between cannabis retailers and libraries and indoor community recreational facilities.

Do I need approval from the Town of Olds to set up a cannabis retail store?
Yes. You will need a development permit (change of use) and a building permit. The fee for the Change of Use Development Permit is $100.

When can I apply to the Town of Olds?
Olds is now accepting retail cannabis permit applications. For more information on what is required to apply, contact Planning & Development by e-mail at planning@olds.ca or by phone to 403-507-4806.
    Change of Use Development Permit Application form
    Building Permit application form

How long will it take to obtain my approvals from the Town of Olds?
Development permits (change of use) can be issued within a week or two, as long as application is complete.

When can I start construction?
You may begin construction on a retail space so long as you have a building permit. Retail operations cannot commence until a development permit has been issued.

What is the provincial licensing process?
Please refer to the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission for information regarding the provincial licensing process.

Government Roles

While the legalization of cannabis is a federal decision, provinces and municipalities each have areas of responsibility.

Jurisdictional responsibilities for the legalization of Cannabis in Canada.
** provinces will have the ability to strengthen legislation for these areas under federal jurisdiction

Provincial role
The Government of Alberta has introduced legislation that proposes the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission will be responsible for the oversight of private retailers and distribution of cannabis in Alberta.

Federal role
The Government of Canada is responsible for cannabis production, sale, possession and medical cannabis regulations.

Visit the Government of Canada website for more information on the federal legalization and regulation of cannabis.

Purchasing cannabis and cannabis retail locations
Once federal legislation comes into effect, Albertans will have two options for purchasing recreational cannabis:

  1. Privately run retail stores
  2. Provincial government-operated online sales

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