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The first step is to download a retail cannabis licence application from aglc.ca, then contact your municipality to determine if there are any applicable bylaws or restrictions regarding retail cannabis stores.
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.
The due diligence process is comprehensive and includes, but is not limited to:
There is no restriction on the total number of retail licences that can be granted. At the onset of legalization, Section 106 of the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation (GLCR) did restrict the maximum number of licences that one person(s) or entity could hold to no more than 15 per cent of the total number of retail cannabis stores in the province. The 15 per cent cap was intended to encourage a competitive retail market and with the establishment of the cannabis industry well underway, this limit is no longer required. Therefore, effective November 1, 2020, the 15 per cent cap on cannabis licences held by a single person/entity will be removed.
The Alberta model has been designed with a number of safeguards in place to prevent monopolies and price fixing, including:
For example, a licensed producer who also owned a retail store would sell their product to AGLC and then purchase it back to supply their retail store.
Many municipalities have a process that allows for public input on the licensing of businesses. For more information, please contact your local municipality.
Retail cannabis stores are permitted to sell cannabis products and cannabis accessories that promote responsible use.
AGLC is responsible for ensuring that relationships among cannabis suppliers, cannabis representatives and cannabis licensees are competitive in nature. Cannabis suppliers or representatives are prohibited from providing any services, items or activities to a cannabis licensee that could directly benefit the licensee. Cannabis licensees are prohibited from requesting any such inducements from cannabis suppliers or representatives. Specific policy on prohibited inducements and benefits can be found under section 6.3 of the Retail Cannabis Store Handbook.
Inducements include: money, free products, volume discounts, paid vacations, furniture, equipment, services (such as painting or decorating), items considered essential to the licensee’s operation, staff incentives, paid entertainment, paid advertising, or any other thing prohibited under the Gaming and Liquor Act, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, or AGLC policy.
Currently there is no limit to the amount of stock a retailer can have onsite.
No, retailers are not permitted to deliver cannabis.
No, the sampling of cannabis products is not permitted within a retail cannabis store.
No, the use and/or consumption of cannabis is not permitted within a retail cannabis store.
No person under the age of 18 will be permitted in a retail cannabis store.
No, cannabis cannot be sold in a location that sells tobacco.
Hours for a retail cannabis store are the same as liquor stores, 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. However, municipalities have the ability to reduce the hours should they decide it will better serve their community.
To work in Alberta’s cannabis industry you must be an AGLC approved Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW) by completing the following:
1. Complete SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training; AND
2. Complete QCW application package and submit to AGLC
Individuals working in a position where cannabis is provided under the authority of a cannabis licence, including licensed cannabis supplier representatives, licensed premises owners, store staff and security supervisors and staff must be AGLC approved QCWs.
Anyone can submit an objection to a proposed licence during the 21 day objection period that it is posted online. AGLC does not regulate factors that fall under the responsibility of the municipality. For a list of these factors visit https://aglc.ca/cannabis/retail-cannabis-store-licences/retail-cannabis-licensing-objections.
Age-verification processes are established for online sales both at the time of purchase and delivery.
Individuals working under the authority of a cannabis licence must be approved by AGLC as a Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW). The first step of the QCW application process is to successfully complete AGLC's SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training program. SellSafe helps workers understand how to sell cannabis responsibly according to law and in a way that keeps customers and others safe from cannabis-related harms.
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.
Visit AGLC.ca/cannabis for the provincewide public awareness education program regarding the responsible use of cannabis. Additionally, various agencies such as Health Canada and Alberta Health Services have excellent resources available to the public.
AGLC enforces 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.
Anyone selling or providing cannabis to a minor can be charged with a criminal offence.
As with liquor, AGLC sets the wholesale price while retailers set the retail price. This does mean that AGLC sets the retail price for online sales.
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.
Adults will be permitted to grow a maximum of four plants per household. This will be regulated by enforcement agencies and municipalities.
Please visit AlbertaCannabis.org for available products.
Albertans can expect to see edibles, extracts and topicals (EETs) available for sale in retail locations and on AlbertaCannabis.org in January 2020.
Most likely there will be a limited number of products available initially while licensed producers determine market demand.
Because of AGLC’s extensive experience as the trusted regulator of gaming and liquor in Alberta, the Government of Alberta designated AGLC with the operation of online cannabis sales.
AGLC's online site, Albertacannabis.org is the only legal online purchasing option. Consumers are not able to buy online directly from 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.
Albertans are able to purchase cannabis from Albertacannabis.org and have it delivered via Canada Post or Purolator.
The online store offers access to markets that won’t be serviced by retail stores, an alternative to consumers who do not want to shop at a retail location, as well as an age-verification process to keep retail cannabis out of the hands of minors.
AGLC has developed a secure online e-commerce system. A comprehensive online age-verification process is utilized at both the point of purchase and delivery stages of cannabis transactions.
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.
AGLC is responsible for enforcing 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.
AGLC ensures that only regulated and approved cannabis products are for sale at licensed premises and works with enforcement agencies in regards to unapproved cannabis products.
No, only Health Canada approved licensed producers in Canada can supply cannabis product.
AGLC is 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. AGLC purchases licensed product from federally licensed producers and distributes it to licensed private retailers and Albertans who purchase cannabis products through the online store. The distribution system is similar to the system Alberta currently has in place for alcohol. There will not be preferential distribution based on location.
Information on AGLC's cannabis warehouse will not be disclosed.
Information is collected and submitted to Health Canada and Statistics Canada on the retailers’ behalf. Licensees are required to review and comply with the Federal Compliance Reporting Technical Specifications available at aglc.ca\cannabis\legislation-and-aglc-policies.
In order to comply with the reporting requirements, provincial legislation and AGLC Board policy, retail cannabis licensees are required to submit monthly reports to AGLC. These reports involve tracking the movement of cannabis between: