Alberta Cannabis 

Minimum age

Minimum age

Minimum age

Alberta will set the minimum age for purchase and consumption of cannabis at 18.

This is in line with Alberta’s minimum age for purchasing and consuming alcohol and tobacco, as well as the federal government’s proposed minimum age for legal cannabis.

Setting a minimum age of 18 will help balance the health risks to youth with the need to eliminate their interaction with a sophisticated and potentially dangerous illicit market.

A strong focus on public education will be an important tool to encourage responsible use and create awareness of cannabis’s impact on health.

Safeguards for sales

Safeguards for cannabis sales

Safeguards for cannabis sales

Albertans of legal age will be able to purchase cannabis products from retailers that will receive their products from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).

The distribution system will be similar to the system Alberta currently has in place for alcohol.

Government-regulated distribution will ensure a level playing field for large and craft producers, and prevents small communities from being penalized for delivery costs by making sure product is shipped at the same price no matter where it’s going.

All physical retail locations will have strict government oversight through licensing by the AGLC. The AGLC will be able to set terms and conditions on licences, as well as inspect licensees and address any violations. This will help ensure private cannabis retailers operate responsibly and lawfully.

Licensed retail establishments will be the only stores that can sell cannabis, and will not be able to sell cannabis if they sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals.

Legislation will help keep cannabis out of the hands of young people by requiring purchasers to show ID if they appear under to be 25, not allowing minors to purchase cannabis or be on licensed premises.

Provincial regulations establish who can own and operate a cannabis retailer. This includes:

  • mandatory background checks for potential retailers and workers
    • no licenses for applicants linked to organized crime, illegal drug trade or with convictions related to offenses such as drug trafficking or violence
    • renewal of retail licenses required at least once every 2 years
  • limiting licenses for any single person, business or organization at 15%
    • the AGLC will limit licenses each year based on existing licenses issued the previous year
    • allows smaller retailers to enter the market
    • review of system in 5 years

Staff who work at cannabis retail outlets will have to be at least 18 years of age, undergo a background check and complete mandatory AGLC training through a program called Sell Safe. This 4-6 hour course is similar to what employees in the gaming and liquor sectors must complete. This program will launch later this year in advance of legalization.

Additionally, the regulations establish where private cannabis retail can be located. A 100 meter buffer between cannabis retailers and schools and provincial health care facilities will help keep cannabis out of the hands of children and protect public health. Municipalities will also have the ability to will have the ability to set buffers to suit their communities.

Cannabis retailers may be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., the same as liquor stores. They will subject to extensive security requirements.

Buying cannabis

Buying cannabis

Buying cannabis

Purchasing cannabis

Albertans will have two options for purchasing recreational cannabis:

Physical retail locations will be subject to government regulations and the terms of licenses granted by the AGLC, including the aforementioned details.

Consumers will be limited to 30 grams of cannabis per transaction, which is also the legal public possession limit. Consumer education will be embedded in the retail of cannabis, and retail outlets will display point-of-purchase signage and other materials to educate customers about making responsible choices about cannabis.

Online sales and home delivery will only be available through a single website operated by the AGLC. No other online sales or delivery will be permitted. This is in response to concerns raised by Albertans about the need for strict control over age verification processes during the initial sale and at time of delivery. It will also give Albertans confidence in their purchases, as there will be a single online source for recreational cannabis.

Though cannabis cafes and lounges will not be permitted on July 1, 2018, the legislation also gives the authority to regulate these forms of establishments should government decide to allow them at a later date.

Consuming cannabis

Consuming cannabis

Consuming cannabis

Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public spaces where smoking tobacco is allowed, but use will be banned in cars.

In an effort to protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of cannabis in Alberta will be prohibited from any place where tobacco is restricted, and in the following places:

  • on any hospital property, school property or child care facility property
  • in or within a prescribed distance from:
    • a playground
    • a sports or playing field
    • a skateboard or bicycle park
    • a zoo
    • an outdoor theatre
    • an outdoor pool or splash pad
  • from any motor vehicles, with the exception of those being used as a temporary residences, such as a parked RV

There will also be no consumption of cannabis at any cannabis retail outlets.

Legislation will establish provincial offenses for public consumption infractions and consumption of cannabis in vehicles.

Municipalities may create additional restrictions on public consumption using their existing authorities.

Growing cannabis

Growing cannabis

Growing cannabis

Under the proposed federal legislation, adults will be able to grow up to 4 plants per household from seeds purchased from licenced cannabis retailers.

Renters, condo-dwellers and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules established in rental agreements or condominium bylaws. Government will work to educate landlords, renters and condo boards on the options available to them.

Possessing cannabis

Possessing cannabis

Possessing cannabis

In Alberta, adults over 18 will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in a public place, which aligns with the federal government’s proposed possession limit for adults.

When transporting cannabis in a vehicle, it must be secured in closed packaging and not within reach of the driver or occupants.

Young people — those under the legal age of 18 — will not be allowed to purchase or possess any cannabis.

This zero tolerance approach means that youth who possess more than 5 grams of cannabis will continue to be subject to criminal charges under the federal legislation.

Youth who possess 5 grams or less will not be subject to criminal charges (which could negatively impact their future), but will be subject to seizure of the cannabis, notification of parents or guardians, and penalties similar to those for underage possession of alcohol or tobacco.

Drug-impaired driving

Drug-impaired driving

Drug-impaired driving

Driving while impaired, whether by alcohol or cannabis or other drugs, is a serious crime and puts the safety of everyone at risk.

Amendments to the Traffic Safety Act will provide additional tools to address all forms of impaired driving.

Education will also continue to be a critical part of our strategy to address drug-impaired driving.

Government will create more public awareness about the risks of using cannabis and getting behind the wheel, and will inform Albertans that drug-impaired driving is still impaired driving, with the same consequences as driving while impaired by alcohol.

Impairment in workplaces

Impairment in workplaces

Impairment in workplaces

Workers who are impaired on the job – whether by alcohol or drugs – are a danger to their coworkers and themselves.

Alberta already has rules and programs in place to address impairment on the job and keep workers safe, but before July 2018 we will review occupational health and safety regulations and work with employers, labour groups and workers to ensure the rules continue to address impairment issues.

This may include developing additional regulations, education or training programs.

Advertising and packaging cannabis

Advertising and packaging cannabis

Advertising and packaging cannabis

The federal government has proposed strict rules about advertising, labelling and packaging cannabis.

This includes no promotion, packaging or labelling of cannabis that could be considered appealing to young people, and ensuring that important product information is clearly presented to consumers.

Restrictions on cannabis advertising and packaging will generally mirror what is in place today for tobacco. Advertising will be restricted to locations where there are no minors, and there will be limits on displays and in-store promotion.

Alberta will establish additional rules as needed to address any issues or gaps in policies should they arise.

Retail cannabis store licences

IMPORTANT: All retail cannabis licence applicants must undergo extensive mandatory background checks. Background checks are performed on an applicant, director, shareholders and key employees to prevent criminal interests from operating, associating or having a financial interest in cannabis retail sales in Alberta.

An applicant that is or was a participant in the unlawful cannabis trade, including illegal retail or medical sales, or has criminal convictions for serious violence offences, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking, manufacturing or production of a controlled drug or substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act will not be eligible for a retail cannabis licence.

 

On March 6, 2018, the AGLC will accept retail cannabis licence applications. Applications submitted prior to March 6 will be returned to the applicant.

The AGLC is committed to:

  • keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth
  • protecting public health
  • promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces
  • limiting the illegal cannabis market
  • continuing to offer choices Albertans can trust

Applying for a retail cannabis store licence

Applying for a retail cannabis store licence

Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to sell cannabis in Alberta must have a retail cannabis licence.

Application requirements

  • background checks
  • fees
  • municipal approval
  • business requirements
  • retail store requirements

Application processing time will take approximately two to four months and are subjected to AGLC application review policies.

To apply:

Retail cannabis store application package

Before applying, please review the necessary requirements below.

Background checks

Background checks

The AGLC will conduct a thorough personal and financial background check on applicants, associates and key employees of the applicant.

The purpose of background checks is to prevent criminal interests from operating, associating or having a financial interest in retail cannabis sales in Alberta.

The applicant’s key employees requiring background checks include individuals that exercise influence or control over day-to-day operations or decision-making and those who have the authority to hire or terminate the employment of cannabis workers.

The corporate entity applying for a Retail Cannabis Store Licence completes the Applicant disclosure form. The corporate entity having an interest of 10% or more in the applicant entity (Retail Cannabis Store applicant) completes the Associated Applicant disclosure form.

More information can be found on our Retail Cannabis Store Handbook – Background Checks section.

Fees

The following fees are due at the time of application:

  • $400 non-refundable application fee for each store location
  • $700 annual licence fee
  • $3,000 initial deposit for background checks; additional costs may be added; the AGLC will refund the unused amount

Municipal approval

Municipal approval

Municipal approval is required before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis store licence.

Contact the municipality for requirements related to:

  • retail cannabis store business licences
  • zoning requirements
  • land-use restriction

A retail cannabis store may not be located within 100 metres of:

  • a provincial health care facility
  • a school
  • a parcel of land designated as school reserve

Business requirements

Business requirements

The business must:

Retail store requirements

Retail store requirements

The retail location must have:

  • a point-of-sale area
  • a shipping/receiving area that is separate from other businesses
  • a secure storage area
  • an alarm system
  • a video surveillance system
  • a secure product display

Product supply

  • Retailers must only purchase cannabis from the AGLC.

Store hours

  • Store hours may not open earlier than 10 a.m. or later than 2 a.m.

Non-cannabis items

  • Only approved cannabis accessories are allowed for sale.

Minors

  • Minors may not enter a store, even in the company of an adult.
  • Only government-issued photo identification is accepted.
  • Staff must request identification for anyone who appears to be under 25 years of age.

Intoxication

  • Retailers may not sell cannabis to intoxicated persons.

To apply:

Retail cannabis store application package

Retail cannabis store handbook – store names and signs

Policies

Policies

  1. Each retail cannabis store must have a distinct business name, approved by the AGLC, reflecting the nature of the business, and is not registered by another business interest.
  2. Use of the term “Alberta” or “AGLC” is prohibited in a store name.
  3. The business name is to be prominently displayed in signage at all public access points of the retail cannabis store.
  4. Signage and contents must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal requirements.
  5. Signage must be in good taste and not depict a lifestyle, endorsement, person, character or animal.
  6. Signage may not promote intoxication. Terms and images such as, but not limited to, “chronic,” “stoned” or “high” are not permitted.
  7. Signage that claims beneficial health effects, or makes a statement regarding increased potency or concentration are not permitted.
  8. Use of any term, symbol or graphic normally associated with medicine, health or pharmaceuticals are prohibited in a store name or signage. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    1. use of the term Pharmacy, Dispensary, Apothecary, Rx or Drug Store, med, medi or clinic;
    2. use of the term Medicine, Medicinal, Health or Therapeutic; or
    3. use of graphics or symbols that would denote the above.
  9. Sign(s) or identification may not include graphics which:
    1. appeal to minors;
    2. show the use of cannabis;
    3. display intoxication;
    4. display or identify a cannabis product or accessory;
    5. display a price or indicate a price advantage; or
    6. display any sporting or cultural event or activity.

 

Guidelines

Guidelines

  1. A common business name may be used when a number of retail cannabis stores are operated by the same owner.

Retail cannabis licensing objections

Retail cannabis licensing objections

Retail cannabis licensing objections

The AGLC Board will consider objections to a new licence within 21 days of posting for the retail licence applications. Objections will also be considered for the following:

  • Renewal of an existing retail cannabis licence
  • Relocation of existing retail cannabis licensed premises

View a complete list of current Proposed Licence Applications.

The AGLC does not regulate these factors, which are the responsibility of the municipality:

  • The number of cannabis stores in the municipality
  • The location of stores and space between stores
  • Matters that involve retail competition
  • Community image, safety and property values

Where to send objections

Where to send objections

You may send objections to:

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

Director, Compliance
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert, AB T8N 3T5

email: Inspections.Mailbox@aglc.ca or contact Inspections at an AGLC office.

Distribution and production

While Health Canada oversees the licensing of cannabis producers in Canada, the AGLC will be responsible for the wholesale and distribution of retail cannabis products. We will ensure the online system and licensed private retailers meet the regulatory rules for cannabis. The AGLC will buy product from federally licensed producers and distribute it to licensed private retailers and to the public through the online store. The distribution system will be like what Alberta has for liquor with no preferential distribution based on location.

Visit Health Canada for more information regarding licensed producers.

About cannabis in Alberta

About cannabis in Alberta

The AGLC is responsible for regulating private retail cannabis licensing, the distribution of cannabis and operation of the online cannabis store on behalf of the Alberta  government.

The AGLC is committed to:

  • keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth

  • protecting public health

  • promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces

  • limiting the illegal cannabis market

  • continuing to offer choices Albertans can trust

 

In alignment with the Cannabis Framework’s policy priorities, the AGLC will:

  • Provide clear oversight over the distribution of packages and sealed cannabis products, ensuring only legally produced products come into Alberta.

  • Ensure cannabis is distributed to specialized retail outlets, which won’t be allowed to sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals.

  • Work with producers and retailers to provide Albertans with access to clean, safe, regulated cannabis products.

  • Publish regulations regarding the sale of cannabis, including licensing criteria and other rules for private retailers.

Details regarding Alberta’s approach to cannabis legalization can be found at alberta.ca/cannabis.

For more information regarding the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada, please visit canada.ca/cannabis.

Online cannabis sales

Online cannabis sales

The AGLC will operate online sales of retail cannabis to ensure cannabis stays out of the hands of minors. This means all other online sale sites are illegal.

An age-verification system will be in place to ensure anyone who orders and receives product is 18 years of age and over.

Albertans can be confident in their purchases, as there will only be one online source for retail cannabis.

The online sales system will be launched to coincide with the legalization of cannabis.

Retail cannabis store licences

Retail cannabis store licences

IMPORTANT: All retail cannabis licence applicants must undergo extensive mandatory background checks. Background checks are performed on an applicant, director, shareholders and key employees to prevent criminal interests from operating, associating or having a financial interest in cannabis retail sales in Alberta.

An applicant that is or was a participant in the unlawful cannabis trade, including illegal retail or medical sales, or has criminal convictions for serious violence offences, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking, manufacturing or production of a controlled drug or substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act will not be eligible for a retail cannabis licence.

 

On March 6, 2018, the AGLC will accept retail cannabis licence applications. Applications submitted prior to March 6 will be returned to the applicant.

The AGLC is committed to:

  • keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth
  • protecting public health
  • promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces
  • limiting the illegal cannabis market
  • continuing to offer choices Albertans can trust

Distribution and production

Distribution and production

While Health Canada oversees the licensing of cannabis producers in Canada, the AGLC will be responsible for the wholesale and distribution of retail cannabis products. We will ensure the online system and licensed private retailers meet the regulatory rules for cannabis. The AGLC will buy product from federally licensed producers and distribute it to licensed private retailers and to the public through the online store. The distribution system will be like what Alberta has for liquor with no preferential distribution based on location.

Visit Health Canada for more information regarding licensed producers.

Consumer education

Consumer education

The AGLC is developing a provincewide public awareness education program about the responsible use of cannabis. The program will be ready before the legalization of cannabis.

In the meantime, please visit canada.ca/cannabis for more information.

Commonly asked questions

Commonly asked questions

Retail Cannabis in Alberta – Regulatory Requirements – February 2018

Retail cannabis licence

What are the first steps in getting a retail cannabis licence?

The first step is to download a retail cannabis licence application from aglc.ca/cannabis, then contact your municipality to determine if there are any applicable by-laws or restrictions regarding retail cannabis stores.

How much does it cost to submit an application for a retail cannabis licence? Is it refundable?

A non-refundable fee of $400 is required along with a $700 annual licencing fee and a $3,000 due diligence deposit. The deposit is based on a cost recovery basis. All investigative costs including time and expenses (travel/search fees) will be at the Applicant’s expense.

There is no guarantee an application will be approved.

Can I pay all application fees and the due diligence deposit with a single cheque?

No, the $3,000 due diligence deposit must be paid with a separate cheque. The $400 application fee and $700 annual licensing fee can be combined into one payment.

What is included in the due diligence process?

The due diligence is comprehensive and includes, but is not limited to:

  • an interview
  • financial and non-financial investigative analysis inquiries, which may include liaising with law enforcement agencies and other regulatory bodies
  • conducting enhanced indices searches including credit, litigation, bankruptcy and open source searches
  • any other inquires deemed to be necessary

What information do I need in order to submit a retail cannabis licence application?

Details can be found in our retail cannabis licences section at aglc.ca.

How long will it take to get a response regarding my retail cannabis store licence application?

Due to the in-depth process required to ensure that only reputable persons are granted a licence, the time required to process an application will vary on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should expect an approximate processing time of a minimum of two to a maximum of four months. More details can be found on our retail cannabis licences section.

How many retail cannabis licences will be granted?

There is no cap on the total number of retail licences; however, no person(s) or entity can hold more than 15 per cent of retail cannabis licences in the province.

For example, if 250 retail cannabis stores open in the first year, based on the 15 per cent no person(s) or entity could own more than 37 retail cannabis stores.

The maximum number of licences a person(s) entity can hold will be reviewed and may be adjusted according to the actual number of existing licences in July 2019.

Is Alberta allowing for vertical integration in the cannabis industry?

The Alberta model has been designed with a number of safeguards in place to prevent monopolies and price fixing, including:

  • Licensed producers that wish to open a retail store must establish that store as a separate company (from any other business of the applicant).
  • Retail locations will be specialized stores.
  • All retailers are subject to legislation and requirements around anti-competition, trade-practice and inducements.
  • The AGLC will have the authority to establish a minimum price for retail should circumstances require it.
  • No person(s) or entity can hold more than 15 per cent of retail cannabis licences in the province.

For example, a licensed producer who also owned a retail store would sell their product to the AGLC and then purchase it back to supply their retail store.

Will I need to comply with municipal and provincial licensing requirements to obtain a retail cannabis licences?

Applicants will be required to comply with all municipal, provincial and federal legislation. 

Will the public get to see who has applied for a retail cannabis licence?

Yes, all pending applications will be posted on online at AGLC.ca for 21 days.

What are the requirements to become a qualified cannabis worker?

All prospective cannabis workers must complete the AGLC’s mandatory online SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training program. Once the SellSafe training is complete, applicants are required to submit their application along with their training certification number and criminal record check. SellSafe training will be available online in spring 2018.

Can a business or person weigh in on whether a retail cannabis store can open in its neighbourhood?

Many municipalities have a process that allows for public input on the licensing of businesses. For more information, please contact your local municipality.

Where can I have my retail cannabis store?

There will be a 100 metre buffer (roughly a city block) between provincial health care facilities, schools and municipal school reserves. Municipalities will have the ability to reduce or increase the buffer should they decide it will better serve their community.

The Government of Alberta has also established that co-location of cannabis products will not be permitted with pharmaceuticals, tobacco or alcohol.

What other products can I carry in my retail store other than cannabis? What kinds of accessories can a retail cannabis store sell?

Retail cannabis stores will be permitted to sell cannabis products and cannabis accessories that promote responsible use. Details regarding accessories that can carried in a retail cannabis store are currently being developed.

How much cannabis product can I have in my store at one time?

Currently there is no limit to the amount of stock a retailer can have onsite.

Will cannabis retailers be able to sell edibles or will the product be strictly prepackaged cannabis?

At this time, the federal government is only allowing the sale of prepackaged dried cannabis and cannabis oil products.

Can a cannabis retailer provide door-to-door delivery?

No, retailers will not be permitted to deliver cannabis.

Will potential customers be able to sample products in a retail cannabis store?

No, the sampling of cannabis products will not be permitted within a retail cannabis store.

Can I consume cannabis in a retail cannabis store?

No, the use and/or consumption of cannabis will not be permitted within a retail cannabis store.

Will children be able to enter the retail cannabis store?

No person under the age of 18 will be permitted in a retail cannabis store.

Will potential cannabis retailers be able to partner with a tobacco retailer who already has a retail space to sell accessories and cannabis out of that store?

No, cannabis cannot be sold in a location that sells tobacco.

What will be the hours of operation for retail cannabis stores?

Hours for a retail cannabis store will be the same as liquor stores, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. However, municipalities will have the ability to reduce the hours should they decide it will better serve their community.

What are the requirements for retail cannabis licensees and their employees?

Business owners, associates and key persons will be required to undergo a comprehensive due diligence process. They will also be required to complete the AGLC’s mandatory SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training certification.

Employees will be required to complete the AGLC’s mandatory online SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training certification and submit a criminal record check.

SellSafe training will be available in the spring.

What security measures are required in a retail cannabis store?

Retail locations will be required to have extensive security systems with alarms and video surveillance. For detailed information on security system requirements, please visit the retail cannabis store handbook section.

Education & public awareness

What is the AGLC doing to prevent minors from accessing cannabis?

Age-verification processes will be established for online sales both at the time of purchase and delivery.

All retail cannabis workers must complete the mandatory SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training. It is designed to ensure that the sale of cannabis is done according to law and in a way that keeps customers and others safe from cannabis-related harms.

The AGLC’s Inspections program will include information for the licensee on checking for suitable identification, conducting checks to ensure the licensee requests ID from anyone who appears under 25 and investigating all complaints against a licensee.

Where can Albertans go to get more information regarding cannabis?

The AGLC is developing a provincewide public awareness education program regarding the responsible use of cannabis, which will be launched prior to the legalization of cannabis. In the meantime, please visit Canada.ca/Cannabis, Alberta.ca/Cannabis and Aglc.ca/Cannabis for the most up-to-date information.

Enforcement

What level of enforcement will the AGLC have regarding legal cannabis in Alberta?

The AGLC will enforce the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Regulation and AGLC Board policies relating to the regulated wholesale, distribution and online sales of retail cannabis in Alberta

What will the fines/penalties be if a retailer is caught selling cannabis to someone under 18?

Anyone selling or providing cannabis to a minor can be charged with a criminal offence.

Consumers

How much will retail cannabis cost?

As with liquor, the AGLC sets the wholesale price while retailers set the retail price. This does mean that the AGLC will set the retail price for online sales and we will provide that information once it is available.

Can I make multiple cannabis purchases on the same day?

Yes, multiple retail and online purchases can be made with a maximum of 30 grams per single transaction; however, persons can only legally have 30 grams in their possession while in public at any time.

Can I grow my own cannabis at home?

Adults will be permitted to grow a maximum of four plants per household. This will be regulated by enforcement agencies and municipalities.

Online cannabis sales

Why is the AGLC operating the government’s online cannabis store?

Because of the AGLC’s extensive experience as the trusted regulator of gaming and liquor in Alberta, the Government of Alberta tasked the AGLC with the operation of online cannabis sales.

The AGLC online option will be the only legal online purchasing option. Consumers will not be able to buy online directly from a retailers or licensed producers.

This is in response to concerns raised by Albertans about the need for comprehensive age-verification processes during the initial sale and at time of delivery. It will also give Albertans confidence in their purchases, as there will be a single online source for retail cannabis in the province.

Will the online store be ready as soon as cannabis is legalized?

The AGLC is working towards the online store launch to coincide with cannabis legalization in summer 2018.

How will orders be delivered?

A delivery method has yet to be determined but we will provide that information once it is available.

How much revenue is expected in the first year? Where will it go?

A revenue model has yet to be determined. We will provide that information once it is available.

Will the online store be in direct competition with private retail stores?

The online store will offer access to markets that won’t be serviced by retail stores, offer an alternative to consumers who do not want to shop at a retail location, as well as offer an age-verification process to keep retail cannabis out of the hands of minors.

How will online sales work?

Work is underway to develop the secure online e-commerce system. A comprehensive online age-verification process will be utilized at both the point of purchase and delivery stages of cannabis transactions.

The AGLC posted a Request for Proposal on February 1, 2018 for an e-commerce solution for the online sale of legalized cannabis. The documents for participation were posted to the Alberta Purchasing Connection website with the request closing on February 12, 2018.

More information will be available as details are confirmed.

How much will it cost to establish the online store?

The cost of the store will be dependent upon the e-commerce solution that is selected through the RFP process.

Can I make multiple cannabis purchases on the same day?

Multiple retail purchases can be made; however, there is a limit of 30 grams per transaction. The personal possession limit is also 30 grams.

How much will retail cannabis cost?

As with liquor, the AGLC sets the wholesale price while retailers set the retail price. This does mean that the AGLC will set the retail price for online sales and we will provide that information once it is available.

Distribution

Who regulates recreational cannabis products?

Health Canada is responsible for the regulatory enforcement of the Cannabis Act, Cannabis Regulation and Federal Guidance Documents relating to the production, packaging, labeling, quality and advertising of all cannabis products for sale in Canada.

The AGLC will enforce the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Regulation and AGLC Board policies relating to the regulated wholesale, distribution and online sales of retail cannabis in Alberta.

The AGLC will ensure only regulated and approved cannabis products are for sale at licensed premises and will work with enforcement agencies in regards to unapproved cannabis products.

Will foreign cannabis producers be able to supply the Canadian market?

No, only Health Canada approved licensed producers in Canada can supply cannabis product.

How will the AGLC allocate the distribution of cannabis? Will the major city centres get preference over the rural locations?

The AGLC will be responsible for the wholesale and distribution of retail cannabis products, ensuring the online system and licensed private retailers meet the regulatory compliance guidelines for cannabis. The AGLC will purchase licensed product from federally licensed producers and distribute it to licensed private retailers and Albertans who purchase cannabis products through the online store. The distribution system will be similar to the system Alberta currently has in place for alcohol. There will not be preferential distribution based on location.

Will there be enough cannabis to supply the Alberta retail market?

The AGLC is in the process of securing product for the province of Alberta through a Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) from federally licensed producers that is currently in market. Information gathered from this EOI will help to determine how much product will be available for purchase for the Alberta market.

The documents for participation were posted to the Alberta Purchasing Connectionwebsite with the request closing on February 12, 2018. More information will be available as details are confirmed.

How much stock do you estimate will be needed to supply retailers and the online store?

The amount of cannabis required will be dependent on the number of consumers accessing the legal market through retail locations or online store. As the market evolves, the AGLC will continue to negotiate with federally licensed producers to secure product required to meet demand.

Will the AGLC purchase cannabis from licensed BC producers?

The process of securing product is based on a standardized and equitable process that requires producers to meet all licensing criteria as established by Health Canada, as well as meet the needs of the Alberta marketplace.

Where will the AGLC warehouse cannabis products?

The AGLC is exploring a variety of warehousing options.

How will cannabis products in the supply chain be tracked?

Cannabis products will be tracked from the licensed producer to the time of sale in the retail or online sales environment.