This regulatory change, effective immediately, gives authority to local and Indigenous governments to prohibit cement-based, industrial-style, cannabis-production bunkers on ALR land in their communities, while clarifying that cannabis production in the ALR cannot be prohibited if grown lawfully:
- in an open field;
- in a structure that has a soil base;
- in a structure that was either fully constructed or under construction, with required permits in place, prior to July 13, 2018; or
- in an existing licensed operation.
The new framework allows local and First Nations governments to make decisions regarding cannabis production that align with local planning and priorities in their communities.
The regulatory change pertains only to land in the ALR. Local and First Nations governments can regulate or prohibit cannabis production on lands outside of the ALR.
The federal government has announced it will allow cannabis producers to grow cannabis in open fields, greenhouses and industrial bunkers, once the Cannabis Act comes into force on Oct. 17.