The City of Pitt Meadows has adopted zoning amendment bylaws related to cannabis cultivation, production, sales and consumption.
The City of Pitt Meadows bylaws:
- permit the cultivation of cannabis within the Agricultural Land Reserve in accordance with the provincial and federal regulations;
- in all other zones the cultivation, processing, drying, storing, packaging, distribution or testing of cannabis requires special permission; and
- prohibit all retail sales of cannabis in Pitt Meadows.
The City has also updated its Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw to include a category for production, testing, processing, packaging, distribution, or storage of cannabis.
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions below:
Because production of cannabis is only permitted on land within the Agricultural Land Reserve in Pitt Meadows, producers are guided by the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act.
- Farm Industry Review Board – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/boards-commissions-tribunals/bc-farm-industry-review-board/farm-practices/steps-in-complaints-process
- Health Canada - https://health.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/recalls-adverse-reactions-reporting/reporting-form.htm
- Metro Vancouver - http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/air-quality/air-quality-complaints/complaint-tips/Pages/default.aspx
- City of Pitt Meadows Bylaw Department - 604-465-2428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similar to smoking tobacco, the City does not take action on complaints about cannabis consumption and odour, as this is a civil issue. If you have concerns, please phone the RCMP’s non-emergency line at 604-465-2402.
Cannabis production is only permitted in Pitt Meadows in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and cannabis production facilities must follow the:
- municipal Zoning Bylaw
- municipal Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw
- applicable provincial and federal regulations.
The Province’s Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act applies to cannabis production in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and it protects “normal farm practices” by allowing for odour, noise and dust or other disturbance related to normal farm operations.
The Farm Practices Protection Act, also states that farm operations can’t be conducted in contravention of the Public Health Act, Integrated Pest Management Act, Environmental Management Act, the regulations under those Acts or any land use regulation.
You must be 19 years or older to buy, use, possess or grow non-medical cannabis in B.C.
Provincial legislation related to non-medical cannabis in B.C. includes:
- the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act
- the Cannabis Distribution Act, and
- updates to the Motor Vehicle Act.
The provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is responsible for licensing non-medical cannabis in private stores and monitoring the non-medical cannabis retail sector.
Find where to buy legal cannabis in B.C. (note that there are no legal retail locations in Pitt Meadows).
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province and operates standalone, public retail stores and provides online sales at BC Cannabis Stores.
Retail sales of cannabis are not currently permitted in Pitt Meadows.
There are no approved retail locations for recreational cannabis in the City of Pitt Meadows.
Adults 19+ can purchase legal recreational cannabis online from the Province of B.C.’s BC Cannabis Stores or from a licensed retailer outside of Pitt Meadows.
Commercial cannabis cultivation is only permitted in Pitt Meadows within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in accordance with the Agricultural Land Commission's policies and regulations.
The City of Pitt Meadows zoning bylaw provides specifications for cannabis cultivation in the ALR.
Under the provincial Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, adults 19 years and older can grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants in their residence.
- Non-medical cannabis plants cannot be grown where they visible from a public place (e.g. parks, streets, sidewalks, sports fields, and K-12 school properties.
- Cannabis plants (including medicinal cannabis) cannot be grown in a home licensed for child care.
- Landlords and strata councils may further restrict or prohibit growing non-medical cannabis. Learn about updates to the Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Tenancy Act.
Consult your insurance provider if you wish to grow cannabis inside your home to ensure there is no impact on your coverage.
Download a Province of B.C. fact sheet for more information.
According to provincial legislation, adults can smoke or vape cannabis in a public place, where smoking or vaping tobacco is allowed. There are some additional restrictions on smoking and vaping cannabis.
Public places where cannabis smoking and vaping are not allowed include:
- health board property, except in designated smoking areas;
- public buildings, workplaces, or common areas of apartments, condos, or dormitories;
- within 6 metres of air intakes, windows, and doorways that are attached to places listed above;
- at a bus stop, transit shelter, train station or stop, taxi stand, ferry dock or stop, or similar place marked for passenger loading or unloading;
- within 6 metres of a bus stop;
- at the following outdoor places: playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, swimming pools and spray pools, and on any decks or seating areas associated with those places;
- in regional and municipal parks, except for designated campsites;
- in provincial parks, except for areas identified or designated by a sign or a park officer; and
- on public patios (for example, a restaurant patio).
Community care facilities, assisted living residences, and hospitals may designate specific rooms in which residents or patients can smoke or vape cannabis.
If a hotel allows it, registered hotel guests can smoke or vape cannabis in their hotel room.
Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Tenancy Act with respect to growing and smoking non-medical cannabis came into effect when recreational cannabis was legalized. Smoking non-medical cannabis may be restricted by landlords and strata councils. If you choose to smoke cannabis, it is important to review your tenancy agreement and strata bylaws, as well as federal and provincial regulations to ensure you are in compliance.
Download a Province of B.C. fact sheet for more information.
If you plan to use or grow cannabis, or are a parent, learn about cannabis safety and applicable federal and provincial laws:
- Cannabis in Canada: Get the facts - canada.ca/cannabis
- The Province of B.C.’s Get cannabis clarity - getcannabisclarity.ca
For more information about cannabis for medical purposes.
In most circumstances, the RCMP will be enforcing cannabis regulations and laws.
Contact the RCMP’s non-emergency line at 604-465-2402, if you have a question or a concern.
Contact the RCMP at 604-465-2402, if you have concerns.
Please contact the RCMP at 604-465-2402.
For questions about cannabis in Pitt Meadows contact the Planning Department at 604-465-2428.
- Government of Canada: What you need to know about cannabis
Find information about legalization, regulation, possession, traveling, consumption, growing and impaired driving.
- Province of BC: Get cannabis clarity
Find information about what’s legal, travel, use, legislation, industry, enforcement and growing.
- Health Canada: Medical use of cannabis