Alberta Dispensary Laws

Dispensary Laws and Regulations for Alberta Retailers

As Alberta prepares for the regulated non-medical cannabis market, a provincial framework is already being established. Alberta will model much of its cannabis dispensary laws around current alcohol and tobacco regulation. 

Oversight, distribution, and retail licensing will be carried out by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). Brick-and-mortar retail stores will be run by private operators while the government will operate online cannabis sales. Private retailers will only be permitted to sell cannabis and related items; cannabis retailers will not be allowed to sell alcohol or tobacco from the same location. 

The minimum age for purchase of cannabis has been set at 18, which is consistent with the minimum age for alcohol and tobacco purchase. 

Many details surrounding the application process for private cannabis retailers have yet to be released. However, we’ve compiled available answers to Alberta dispensary laws FAQs below, and we’ll keep this page updated regularly as more information is released. Be sure to check out our Canada dispensary laws page for information about regulations in other states

CANNABIS RETAIL SALES

Remaining compliant with federal and provincial regulations will be critical. Learn the details of Alberta’s cannabis retail law here.

What kind of retail locations are authorized?

Albertans will be able to purchase non-medical cannabis at privately operated physical retail stores as well as through publicly operated online stores.

Will online cannabis sales be authorized?

Yes; online cannabis sales will be run by the government.

What are the purchase limits for retail customers?

Under Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act, public possession of more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent will be unlawful. However, individual provinces may restrict daily purchase limits.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.  

What is the minimum age of purchase for retail cannabis?

Alberta has set the minimum age at 18, which is consistent with the purchase and consumption age for alcohol and tobacco

 

CANNABIS TRACKING AND REPORTING

Cannabis tracking and reporting helps the government prevent diversion into the black market. Get the facts here.

What is required of cannabis retailers with regard to tracking and reporting?

The proposed Cannabis Act authorizes the Minister to establish a national cannabis tracking system and to require licensed operators to report all cannabis activity.

Details on the required information and timeframe for reporting have not yet been determined.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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