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New Cannabis Legislation

Sticky buds and new legislation

After a century of prohibition, the legalization of recreational cannabis has been a significant societal change that has required forethought, attention and care to ensure a smooth implementation.

Many of the decisions surrounding cannabis legalization have been made by the Provincial and Federal governments. The District of Mackenzie is committed to making sure that this change continues in a way that respects the unique needs and values of our community.

The District has adopted regulations that focus on:

  • Retail sales: zoning and business licensing to determine where cannabis stores may be located;
  • Operations of retail sales: operating hours, business licence specific fees for, security requirements and design/look of retail businesses.
  • Public consumption: identifying where consuming cannabis will be allowed in Mackenzie. The BC Government has set standard rules prohibiting smoking in public places visited often by children, such as parks, playgrounds and community facilities.

Stages of the new legislation Development


Ken Gawryluk
Building Inspector & Business Licensing


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Emily Kaehn
Director of Corporate Services


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District of Mackenzie Regulations

Resources & Further Reading

Bylaw 1399 - Business Licensing Requirements

Bylaw 1400 - Smoke Free Places Regulations

Bylaw 1401 - Zoning Requirements for Cannabis Dispensaries

Bylaw 1402 - Municipal Ticketing Regulations for Cannabis Use in Public

Map of Eligible Retail Locations


For further detail please refer to the following Council Reports:

Cannabis Regulations

Smoke Free Places Cannabis Amendments

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