Restrictive approach to cannabis consumption bylaw

Hanna council passed the first reading of the Cannabis Consumption bylaw during the Sept. 11 regular meeting.

The town of Hanna has taken a restrictive approach, allowing no public consumption within the town limits.

“It is very restrictive,” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Kim Neill. “There is no public consumption on any public property unless you apply for a permit.”

The bylaw describes a public place as anywhere within Hanna where an individual may have expressed or implied access.

Vehicles located in public places or in view of the public are also restricted such as parking lots.

“In general, layman’s terms, there is no public consumption allowed. Private homes and residences it’s allowed. Other than that it is not,” continued CAO Neill.

In May, the Town of Hanna hosted a cannabis education event. This was followed by a public survey which received 247 responses.

After the educational event, administration did receive letters regarding the consumption of cannabis.

A Land Use Bylaw which dictates where cannabis can be retailed was passed in July following the public hearing.

“We certainly want to promote this bylaw as much as possible and ask people for any feedback they have and to bring it forward prior to October 7,” said CAO Neill.

“I believe this bylaw, and what council has directed, captures what the community wants,” concluded CAO Neill.

The bylaw is available on the town website as well as the Town of Hanna office for those interested in understanding what the regulations entail.

Yesteryear Jamboree

Committee members of the Yesteryear Jamboree were given a plaque that acknowledged and extended appreciation of the dedication of members over the past years. Mayor Chris Warwick presented the plaque to Yesteryear Jamboree Committee President, Les Czar.

This year marked the last year of the event.

The plaque, which is to be hung in the Hanna Community Centre, reads: ‘We would like to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who have made the Yesteryear Jamboree the huge success it has become.’

The plaque also features names of multiple volunteers who have dedicated time to the popular event.

“We did something we love, which was play music,” said Czar. “We did it for 21 years, and we want to do it forever, but you can’t. There is a certain chapter we have, and we came to the end of it for various reasons. And we thank you for appreciating and acknowledging that effort.”

 

Emily Wheller

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