On October 17, smoking and possessing small amounts of marijuana ceased to be a crime in Canada. However, communities across the country were left to develop their own bylaws and Delia has joined that list.

Council gave first reading to Smoke Free Bylaw #634-2018 at its October meeting.

"It's cannabis and tobacco," outlined Delia CAO Mark Nikota. "Cannabis: not smoking anywhere but basically in your house or on a private property. Tobacco: try to limit it from Village places like the arena and curling rink and that kind of thing, but also smoke free in any workplace where the public is, like inside a business."

Delia's no smoking bylaw reads pretty much the same as Drumheller's with respect to both cannabis and tobacco.

"You look at what areas you can cover; municipalities can't cover sales and distribution and that kind of thing, so what's left? Consumption in public places," Nikota explained. "(With) municipalities it doesn't take long for everybody to fall in line and start seeing what's the other one done, (so) why double up the work?"

"There's some nuances in different ones, but what's going to happen is over the next five to ten years, it's going to shake out on what did we put in place and what's allowed and has there been any court challenges and that kind of thing. It'll all end up in the same place."

The Village of Rockyford has decided to forego a bylaw regulating cannabis use in public for now. A statement says council hopes residents will be respectful of others.


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