Kneehill County council will send a resolution to the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Central District to advocate for more knowledge regarding cannabis production sites following a motion at the regular Tuesday, September 14 council meeting.
The proposed resolution stems from concerns regarding the limited access to information municipalities are given about Health Canada approved cannabis production sites which impededes municipalities from proactively ensuring compliance of land use regulations and enforcement at these sites.
“Within the current legislative framework there is no way for municipalities to determine from Health Canada where sites of cannabis production may have been approved within a municipality, limiting the ability to apply local land use regulations proactively,” said Town of Three Hills municipal intern Jerritt Cloney during a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting.
RMA is an independent association which is made up of 69 rural counties and municipal districts across Alberta; the Central District comprises 14 of these municipalities and includes Kneehill County, Starland County, and Wheatland County.
Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link currently sits on the RMA board of directors as the representative for the Central District.
During the meeting Kneehill County Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Haugen noted a letter of support was discussed at the Wheatland County council meeting on September 7, with their council voting in favour of sending the resolution.
The resolution will be sent to the Central RMA district for endorsement; if it receives endorsement it will be brought before RMA at the 2021 Fall Convention which is scheduled for November.