The Town of Drumheller held an open house on Wednesday, June 20 at the Badlands Community Facility to talk about what happens when marijuana sales become legal in Canada.
Attendees were shown maps with marked areas of where cannabis retailers would be allowed and where they would be forbidden.
"We've modeled this after the existing liquor laws that are in the community for retailers," explained CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "It can't be within 150 metres of a school or a day care or a before and after school program; you can't be within 100 metres of a hospital or a clinic like that. What we're trying to do is just establish where those areas could be in town."
Drohomerski added they wanted to put the matter in front of the public before Town Council votes on a bylaw.
"The town seems to be taking it really seriously," remarked open house attendee Jaydee Bixby. "It's nice that they're able to do events like this where people can come in look at the information (and) see what's available."
"I'm coming at it based stricly on a medical point of view," he added. "My dad got diagnosed in 2014 with a form of cancer; I got my dad on medicinal cannabis and that was our introduction into the cannabis world."
Town Council will give the land use bylaw first reading next Monday, June 25 along with a public hearing that will give interested people a chance to voice their opinions. Final passage of teh bylaw is expected to happen a couple of weeks after that.