Opportunities to Have Your Say
Our goal is for residents and businesses in Nelson to have a voice in the development of municipal cannabis regulations. City Council has adopted a moratorium to prevent new cannabis-related businesses opening up as an interim measure to allow sufficient time to consult the community. With that in mind, the City will take steps to inform all residents and businesses that legalization of cannabis will be taking place in Canada.
We strongly encourage you to get as much information as you can to help us as a city make informed decisions about the future of cannabis in Nelson.
Outreach will begin toward the end of January 2018 and be ongoing throughout February. We will review all the input received in March followed by a report back to the community and Council planned for April 2018.
The City needs specific feedback on potential regulations related to retail outlets, public consumption, and personal cultivation. In order to ensure that the feedback received is as representative as possible of the households that live in Nelson and businesses that operate here, a mail-out survey to each dwelling unit and business (excluding home-based) is our main method of engagement. By ensuring that each household and each business has an equal chance to provide feedback, the goal is to have results that reflect the values and desires of the community as a whole.
The feedback form will be mailed out the week of February 12th. Please be sure to send it back in the enclosed postage-paid envelope by February 28th.
Click here to preview the cannabis feedback form. Note that the online copy will not be accepted.
For those residences that include multiple families, or if you did not receive one in the mail, an additional feedback form can be obtained from Development Services, 2nd floor of City Hall at 310 Ward Street, open 8:30am until Noon and 1:30pm until 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Please bring identification and proof-of-address.
Public Awareness Events
The City of Nelson will be working to raise public awareness around the upcoming legalization of cannabis through various media, including an info-ad in each Nelson Star edition throughout February and social media. The City will also hold an information session for local media outlets to assist them in getting the information that they need to report on this process.
Public information events will also be held. Come and talk to City staff about cannabis legalization at:
- Whitewater Ski Resort: Friday February 16 starting at 10:00am
- City Hall, 310 Ward Street (2nd floor): February 20 & 22 from Noon to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm - both days
- Kootenay Co-op: Saturday, February 24 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
- Chahko-Mika Mall: Saturday, February 24 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Community Stakeholder Engagement
Community organizations and groups in sectors such as youth, families, seniors, social services, public health, enforcement, cannabis advocacy, and local business are being invited to face-to-face sessions to obtain further feedback, context, and answer questions. These groups are being invited to provide a written statement to Council to share their views on the topics outlined in the feedback form, if they so choose.
Reporting Back and Informing Next Steps
In early April 2018, the City will host a public meeting to report back with draft regulations informed by the feedback received throughout the engagement process. It will share how input was used to inform regulations for Nelson that also balance Federal and Provincial objectives for legalization of cannabis. This will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions to the City, as well as the City to inform residents and groups about next steps in the regulation process for cannabis in Nelson.