The government of Alberta released its draft framework that will guide regulations for marijuana legalization in the province.
The Alberta Cannabis Framework supports four main public policy priorities: keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, protecting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces, protecting public health and limiting the illegal market for cannabis.
The proposed draft cannabis framework was guided by input from over 45,000 Albertans and meetings with over 100 stakeholders and sector groups. These meetings included municipalities, Indigenous groups, private industry, the AGLC, health-care providers, law enforcement and members of the transportation and labour sectors.
“I’d like to thank every Albertan who participated in our various engagements regarding cannabis legalization over the summer. With your input, we’ve drafted a proposed framework to manage legalized cannabis in our province. We look forward to receiving additional feedback from Albertans on this framework,” said Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The details of the proposed draft framework include:
- A minimum age of 18 to purchase and consume cannabis.
- Provincial oversight and regulation of wholesaling and distribution of cannabis products through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).
- A public possession limit for adults of 30 grams.
- The ability to grow up to four cannabis plants, no taller than one metre, at home for personal use.
- Restrictions on retail locations selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals together with cannabis.
- Strict rules around zoning retail locations and training for employees.
- Province wide restrictions on where cannabis can be used in public, with an emphasis on protecting children and limiting second-hand exposure.
- Ability for municipalities to introduce additional restrictions on public consumption.
- New tools to expand the ability of police to address drug-impaired driving.
- Development of an extensive public education program.
Albertans will have until Friday, Oct. 27 (at midnight) to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the proposed framework. The final version of the framework that will guide marijuana legalization in Alberta is expected to be introduced sometime this winter.
The framework does not detail any final decisions on whether retail outlets will be publicly or privately operated.
The province does state that the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) should have oversight and play a central role in the wholesale and distribution of cannabis products for both small and large cannabis producers.
“Some of the pros with respect to a government-owned system would be that it allows us slightly greater control in terms of ensuring product isn’t flowing in and out from a black or grey market, and it allows us a little bit better control of ensuring we’re keeping it out of the hands of minors,” said the province’s Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley.
“With respect to a private system, it’s a little bit easier to set up. It’s likely there would be a little bit more risk and a little bit more cost up front with a public model.”
The full details of the draft Alberta Cannabis Framework are available online for review.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff