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Albertans will be able to get their legal cannabis through 13 licensed producers come Oct. 17. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP/Getty Images

A cannabis room rental and experience service looking to tap into weed tourism is expanding into Edmonton homes this summer.

PotRentals, based out of Montreal, is looking to cut through the uncertainty of when and where smoking cannabis is allowed in accommodations that are found on other popular short-term room rental services, most notably Airbnb. PotRentals offers ‘fun and weed friendly’ accommodations for visitors to major Canadian cities.

The company is already renting in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary and now it’s looking for hosts in Alberta’s capital.

“Edmonton’s reputation as the premier festival city in Canada is clearly something that offers great potential in terms of tourism,” said Brian Marques, the head of communications for PotRentals.

“PotRentals clearly aims at encouraging and even accelerating the tourism in the region by offering legal weed and fun friendly rentals and experiences, while making sure it is done in a socially and locally responsible manner.”

An employment advertisement on indeed.com lists a host’s potential income as ranging between $3,200 to $10,500 a month. Marques said the company will work with any potential hosts to set their rental rates but it is ultimately up to the host.

“Once you make sure it’s legal to operate and offer a weed experience, you can offer either a room or your house or apartment,” said Marques. “It has to be respectful. It’s weed and fun friendly but still you have neighbours.”

Marques said PotRentals is not only be about cannabis accommodations. The platform is set up for hosts to offer ‘experiences’ including luxury tours of the city’s nightlife.


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Karen Burgess, a city spokesperson, said there are currently no business bylaws specific to short-term rental businesses, but bed and breakfast and the rental accommodation licence categories could be applied to those businesses.

“Complaints about neighbourhood disruptions associated with short-term rentals, increased noise, parking, garbage, etc., are handled on a case by case basis,” said Burgess in an email.

The city does not currently regulate smoking in private residences or yards but property owners and landlords can choose to enforce additional restrictions on smoking cannabis.

“With legalization, big corporations, mostly the producers, made a lot of money out of it and there are stock investors making money as well. We want to democratize it, if that is the right word, and make sure everyone can take part in that movement,” said Marques.

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