City of Dawson Creek holding public meeting over pot use


The City of Dawson Creek will be holding a public meeting next week over the future of recreational marijuana use in the city.

The city says the meeting will take place July 4th at the Encana Events Centre from 7-10 p.m. to share survey results and gather public input about the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

The federal government announced last week recreational pot will be fully legal on October 17th.
Staff say the city now has to start making final plans and put bylaws in place.

"Dispensaries, where and how are they going to be situated?  Where are you going to allow them to be situated in setback ranges near parks and schools with children and things like that?” Asks Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead. “Public use is going to be another one. Public consumption of marijuana is another topic of discussion."

Bumstead says having these meetings early will allow the city to best prepare for legalization.

"We want to get it done fairly quickly. We only have two meetings in July and August in which to get the bylaw underway,” says Bumstead. “We have election time in September for municipal election. We don't want to turn it into an election issue. It really isn't. It's a legal substance."

It will be a quick turnaround for city council after the meeting.They only have a limited amount of time to discuss the information and feedback that is provided and to write the bylaws.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the legalization will be a process and not "a single-day event".
He expects all stakeholders to be ready when the bill comes into effect.

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