What is the City of Nelson able to regulate?

As a general rule, municipalities can regulate where certain land uses or activities may occur (‘what can be where’). The City of Nelson will be consulting the public on:

  • Retail sales: zoning and business licensing to determine where cannabis stores may be located.
  • Public consumption: identifying where consuming cannabis will be allowed in Nelson. The Clean Air Bylaw restricts where people can smoke or vape tobacco and cannabis. This includes a 7-metre buffer from commercial and public building entranceways, schools, parks, amenity areas, and transit stops. Council wants to know if public consumption should continue to be the same as tobacco or become more restrictive, similar to liquor.
  • Personal cultivation: the province may allow municipalities to set rules on public visibility and security requirements for growing cannabis plants at home rules to ensure public safety and limited nuisances (such as odours and visibility).

The extent of municipal government’s jurisdiction is determined by the Province. This is especially the case with controlled substances. Upcoming provincial decisions may broaden or restrict the scope of what cities like Nelson will be able to regulate at a local level.

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1. I thought cannabis was already legal. What is happening now?
2. What is the City of Nelson able to regulate?
3. The federal government has made the decision to legalize cannabis. What else is being decided by the federal government?
4. What decisions has the Province of British Columbia made about cannabis legalization?
5. Why is it important for the City to pass local regulations prior to legalization?
6. What about Nelson's medical cannabis rules?
7. I’ve heard that Nelson has a moratorium to freeze the creation of new cannabis businesses. Why?
8. Our residential address has received a feedback form in the mail, but more than one household lives in our home.
9. My household or business did not receive a feedback form in the mail.
10. Why is the City’s feedback process not online?
11. Will ‘cannabis cafes’ be legal once cannabis is legal?
12. Will ‘edibles’ (cannabis food products) be legal?
13. Where will cannabis be allowed to be grown in Nelson once legal?
14. How will cannabis retail stores obtain their product?
15. What about public safety and health concerns?
16. What happens once cannabis is legalized?
17. How can I open a cannabis business in Nelson?
18. Will there be government-owned retail cannabis stores?
19. Where can I find more FAQs?