by Andru McCracken

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The Village of Valemount is conducting a survey to get feedback regarding the commercial production, cultivation and the public consumption of non medicinal cannabis.

The survey asks if people support retail sales of cannabis in the village, whether they would buy it, what their concerns are, and asks some questions around zoning and whether there should be a limit to the number of stores.

It also asks whether there is an appropriate minimum distance between cannabis retail stores and schools and public recreation facilities.

Mayor Owen Torgerson said that this public input would play a key role in council’s consideration of the matter.

Torgerson said the municipal legislation is also shaped by the Local Government Act, the Community Charter and provincial and federal laws.

“Feedback gathered from the surveys, as well as at the upcoming open house on March 14, 2019, will provide a valuable opportunity for Council to address the most common concerns and misconceptions surrounding cannabis legalization, whether it be through municipal legislation, education, or other means,” said Torgerson.

The survey can be found online at, a paper version is available for pick up at the village office.