Non-Medical Cannabis Survey


The Government of Canada has passed a law to legalize public consumption of non-medical cannabis. This law will come into effect October 17, 2018.

In anticipation of this law coming into effect, in February 2018 the BC Provincial Government announced its legislative framework to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. 
When all of the new Federal and Provincial legislation comes into effect, municipal governments across BC will have the authority to establish bylaws in regards to retail locations and rules, land use and zoning, public consumption and enforcement of non-medical cannabis in their communities.   

Currently, cannabis retail stores are prohibited in the City of Abbotsford. This rule will remain in effect after the Federal and Provincial legislation comes into effect until the City of Abbotsford makes changes to our existing bylaws.
The City of Abbotsford must now determine what, if any, changes may be necessary to our existing municipal bylaws to ensure we develop an effective local community response to non-medical cannabis legalization.

As a result, Abbotsford City Council is looking for your feedback to help inform any changes we may need to make to our existing rules, including the retail sales of non-medical cannabis in the City, as the federal legalization process unfolds.

Mirroring the retail framework for alcohol sales in BC, the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the operator of government-run cannabis retail stores and online sales, and the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) will be responsible for licensing and monitoring private and government-operated cannabis stores in BC. More information on the Provincial retail framework can be found on the Government of BC website:
Both government and privately-operated stores will be allowed to sell dried cannabis, cannabis oils that comply with federal requirements, and seeds. Stores may also sell cannabis accessories, as defined in the proposed federal Cannabis Act, i.e., rolling papers or wraps, holders, pipes, water pipes, and bongs used in the consumption of cannabis.

Should Abbotsford allow the sale of non-medical cannabis in its community?

If you answered yes, please answer the questions below:

Should Abbotsford permit the opening of the following non-medical cannabis retail stores in Abbotsford?

Do you think there should be a maximum number of Government-operated non-medical cannabis retail stores?

Do you think there should be a maximum number of Privately-operated non-medical cannabis retail stores?

Should the retail sales of non-medical cannabis be limited to the proximity of the following uses?

Child care centres
Recreation centres
Liquor Stores
Places of Worship
Other non-medical cannabis outlets


Should Abbotsford restrict hours of operation for non-medical cannabis retail stores (government and private)


The Government of British Columbia has proposed that residents of BC will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in designated places where smoking and vaping tobacco is allowed. Use will be banned in cars, in areas frequented by children, from hospitals and school properties and from any place where smoking and vaping tobacco is restricted.  
Municipal governments will be able to set additional restrictions on use of non-medical cannabis, as they do now for tobacco use. Landlords and strata councils will be able to restrict or prohibit non-medical cannabis smoking at tenanted and strata properties.

Should Abbotsford’s rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

Please select any places you feel ARE NOT acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

Please select any places you feel ARE acceptable for people to consume cannabis:

How should The City of Abbotsford approach cannabis use at festivals and events?


Currently, the proposed federal laws will allow Abbotsford residents to grow a maximum of 4 plants per household.  Provincial regulations will align with federal recommendations where BC adults will be permitted to grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household with the condition that the plants must not be visible from public spaces off the property, and home cultivation will be banned in homes used as day-cares.

Landlords and strata councils will be able to restrict or prohibit non-medical cannabis smoking at tenanted and strata properties.

Where should non-medical cannabis plants be permitted to be grown?

Do you have concerns with any of the following related to non-medical cannabis home growing?


Do you have any other comments relating to The City of Abbotsford’s role in regulating non-medical cannabis in the community? 


To help us better understand your previous responses, please complete the following questions.

Do you support or oppose the legalization of cannabis for non-medical use in Canada?

Do you have children under the age of 18 in your household?

Do you currently own or rent your home?

What type of home do you live in?

Which of the following age groups do you fall into?

*What are the first three digits of your postal code?

Are you completing this survey on behalf of:

Abbotsford City Council will have an opportunity to review the feedback gathered from this survey along with other community input in the coming months. Further public engagement if required will also be undertaken. The City of Abbotsford’s public engagement on the legalization of cannabis will be completed by August 2018. All feedback collected will be shared with Abbotsford residents on this page through a 'What we Heard' report. Feedback will be considered and a 'What we Did' report will be shared to show how public feedback informed the proposed amendments to bylaws and potential creation of new bylaws.