With legalization in rear view, city prepares for possible edible cannabis cafes

As some Calgary communities keep fighting to keep pot retailers out of their neighbourhoods, city officials are busy working on preparations for possible edible cannabis cafes.

City planners are working on the assumption the province will green-light edible consumption businesses once Ottawa ends prohibition on such products sometime next year, said Matt Zablonski, the city’s lead on marijuana legalization.

“Oct. 17 was certainly a big day but was not the finish line. This is the next big piece on our radar,” he said, referring to the day last month when cannabis was legalized.

“There’s probably just as much work if not more in preparing things like land use and business licence requirements (for edible pot lounges).”

While the city hasn’t seen any formal requests from entrepreneurs on edible cafes, “there’s been a lot of people informally express interest in the edible business.”

Zablonski acknowledged the considerable push-back in some neighbourhoods that have included appealing city

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