The Canadian city of St. Albert has banned all cannabis use with a vote by city council on Monday night. The move by the city of more than 65,000 residents in the province of Alberta comes as Canada is poised to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis this fall.
St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron told the CBC that the council had followed the advice of the provincial health agency Alberta Health.
“Their suggestion was it’s easier to go very restrictive now and loosen it up as we become more aware and more educated and the fear and the unknown starts to dissipate,” Heron said. “But it would be much harder to go the other way. So if we were very loose with our regulations, it would be hard to clamp down if we felt we had made a mistake.”
“We will err on the side of caution,” the mayor added.
Heron said that the city had conducted a survey of residents to judge their opinions on the upcoming national legalization of cannabis.
“I think there’s a lot of concern. There’s a lot of unknown with cannabis becoming legal,” Heron said. “Honestly, I’ve just heard a lot of fear and people do not