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Where can I legally consume cannabis in Alberta?
It’s been a full year since legalization, but I know many are still unsure. It’s a question that’s on all of our minds… where can I legally consume cannabis in Alberta? Let us tell you!
Before we talk about where you can legally consume cannabis, let's lay down some of the basic rules.
You have to be at least 18 years old to purchase and consume cannabis in Alberta. If you’re under the age of 18, then consumption is illegal, no matter where you are.
You are allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis at once. You could run into trouble if you’re found with more, even if it’s in a legal consumption area.
Smoking, vaping, and e-cigarettes follow the same rules in regards to legal consumption areas.
Can I consume cannabis in my home?
Regardless of the city you live in, you are allowed to consume cannabis on private property you own: this includes inside your home, in your yard, or on plots of land you own.
If you’re a renter, you are subject to rules set by your landlords. Landlords, condo boards, and rental companies choose whether they allow cannabis consumption and growth on their properties. Read your buildings’ policy if you’re unsure!
As for public consumption, the rules between cities vary.
Cannabis Consumption in Edmonton
Edmonton actually has some of the most laid back consumption laws in all of Canada! That being said, it’s still important to follow these rules and regulations.
Some parks and trails
Unlike in most municipalities, you can legally consume in most parks and trails in Edmonton, with the exception of:
- Fort Edmonton Park
- Sir Winston Churchill Square
- The John Janzen Nature Centre
- William Hawrelak Park
The following spaces have also banned cannabis consumption:
- The John Janzen Nature Centre
- The Edmonton Valley Zoo
- The Muttart Conservatory
You’re allowed to consume cannabis on sidewalks as long as you remain at least 10 metres away from bus stops, windows or air intakes of a building or patio.
Some festivals and events
Certain festivals and events allows for cannabis consumption within designated areas. Check out festival and event policy before you go!
Cannabis consumption in Calgary
The City of Calgary has banned all public consumption of cannabis, and has restricted it to private properties.
But, just like in Edmonton, certain festivals and events allows for cannabis consumption within designated areas. Check out festival and event policy before you go!
Cannabis consumption in Camrose
Public consumption is permitted in Camrose, with the exception of within 10 metres of public parks and playgrounds, and within 5 metres of buildings.
Cannabis consumption in Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie also allows public consumption with the exception of: near public buildings or venues; work spaces; downtown Grand Prairie; within a 30 metre radius of a recreational facility, public park, parade, outdoor special event, or where children are playing or congregating; or where a sign prohibits it.
Other municipalities have more general rules about where you can and can’t consume. Here’s a list:
Allowed in public:
Prohibited in public:
Where can’t I consume cannabis legally?
We thought it would be just as important to mention where you’re never allowed to consume cannabis. These places are off limits regardless of your specific municipality.
Never inside cars or vehicles
Duh! The rules are the same as with alcohol.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you are allowed to store it in your vehicle as long as it’s in closed packaging, and remains out of reach of both the driver and the passengers.
The only exception is consumption inside residential vehicles, such as parked RVs. But, impaired driving is still illegal—even in an RV (probably especially… those are HARD to drive as it is). If you plan on consuming cannabis in your RV, make sure it’s parked and you have no plans of driving until it’s safe to do so.
Never in public places where children could be present
If you live in a place where public consumption is legal, there are still public spaces are off-limits. Some of these banned areas include schools, playgrounds, outdoor pools, child care facilities, public fields, zoos, outdoor theatres, hospitals, cemeteries, city-run golf courses, inside transit terminals or bus shelters, and skate or bicycle parks.
You are also not permitted to smoke within 10 metres from a bus stop or the doorway, window or air intake of a building or patio.
Never inside of dispensaries
Dispensaries are NOT like bars, and we unfortunately don’t have any cannabis lounges or cafes in Alberta yet. Dispensaries are purely for purchasing, so you’ll have to wait till you get home to try that new craft cannabis you’ve been excited about.
Can I consume cannabis at work?
Short answer: no.
The Workers Compensation Board’s Alcohol & Drug in the Workplace policy restricts the consumption of recreational cannabis before, or during work.
What about medical cannabis?
Medically prescribed cannabis possession and consumption regulations vary from recreational usage in regards to some criteria. If you have a prescription, talk to your healthcare professional about your limits for possession, and guidelines surrounding consumption.
Do you have more questions? Our blog brings you monthly answers to all your cannabis questions.