Town Council met Monday, August 20, to pass a bylaw on consumption of marijuana in public areas.

For the most part, consumption will be treated as if one was to consume tobacco in public.

"It's no different than the smoking bylaws have been for the last couple of decades," explained Town of Drumheller CAO, Darryl Drohomerski. "You're not allowed to smoke within so many meters from a building or smoke in a public place. This is certainly a bit of a change for people because, of course, it includes vaping and it includes cannabis consumption in public areas."

The bylaw passed second and third readings from town council on Monday to ensure that Drumheller is ready for legalized cannabis on October 17, 2018.

"I think for most people, the thought of walking (down the street) smoking or vaping, it's just more that odor for other people. Not that it's necessarily a good or a bad odor, it's just something different that you're not normally used to," continued Drohomerski. "The whole purpose of the bylaw is to make sure that we're consistent in public spaces in what we're doing with smoking."

Private events such as weddings or festivals will be required to come up with a designated solution for cannabis consumers through designated areas as is currently done with tobacco. Walking down public streets consuming cannabis as well as tobacco are both enforced through bylaw and is not permitted.

"That's no different then what we do with alcohol consumption right now. Whether it's July 1st or a private wedding event or something like that," Drohomerski concluded. "It's up to the special events to see if they are holding an area for consuming cannabis and then if they are, to just make sure that area is ready for them to use it without any repercussions."

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