Alberta’s Approach to Cannabis Regulation

Alberta's Approach to Cannabis Regulation

Alberta has a different approach when it comes to regulating and producing cannabis and its sales distribution across the province. Compared to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, Alberta will allow weed to be sold through privately owned stores. Recreational and legal cannabis will remain under government control over online sales when cannabis becomes regulated this summer.

Ontario was the first province to reveal its plans to sell legal cannabis through a new crown corporation, overseen by the province’s Liquor Control Board, in 150 stores across the province. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will unveil the NDP government’s policy structure for legal cannabis once government Justin Trudeau legalizes recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018.

Jeff Mooij, president, and CEO of the 420 Clinic Medical Cannabis Resource Centre said he expects Alberta will leave legal marijuana retail to the private sector and not follow Ontario’s path in setting up government-run stores. Mooli plans to branch his business into recreational marijuana.

“To provide the safety and security that everybody’s looking for and also to create jobs, which it will, the private retail and distribution model is probably the best model for this.” – Mooij

Alberta's Approach to Cannabis Regulation

via Toronto Star

Alberta is allowing private companies to operate storefronts that sell cannabis. Recreational and/or legal cannabis will be sold in standalone stores, away from tobacco and alcohol, even pharmaceuticals. Adults will be able to buy up to 30 grams, according to the federal plan, and maintain the federal limit of four plants per household. 

Selling cannabis is in line with the province’s free-market reputation; Alberta privatized alcohol sales in the 1990s while other provinces retained public control over booze distribution. This means much of the financial risk of the emerging industry will be held by small business owners rather than taxpayers. New legislation is expected to be introduced next week in the province’s legislature.

Alberta's Approach to Cannabis Regulation

via Legal Logik

We are still awaiting Canada’s government to unveil legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the summer of 2018. As far as we know now, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganleya unveiled the framework for what the legal cannabis market would look like. The minimum cannabis buying age would be restricted to 18, and only allowing government-approved cannabis companies to control the seed of sale distributions in most of Canada. Ultimately, it is up to the provinces and territories to decide how the product will be regulated.

Canada’s Legal Weed Plan” shows how provinces across Canada have been planning for the legalization of cannabis.

Manitoba introduced a similar hybrid model, with the province supplying weed, and private stores responsible for selling it. Unlike Alberta, Manitoba plans to allow private retailers to sell cannabis online. New Brunswick is going to create new crown corporation and work with two cannabis companies to supply stores. Meanwhile in British Columbia, IBM proposes a plan to track legal cannabis through blockchain. British Columbia has yet to announce what their pot plan will look like.

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