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Cannabis 101

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Why buy legal

There are many reasons why buying legal cannabis is important and a great way to get your favourite products. So, let us share some of those reasons with you.

Legal cannabis is rigorously tested and regulated

  • Testing looks for harmful pesticides and any other harmful substances that may be present to ensure you aren’t ingesting anything that could make you sick.
  • Regulations enable any cannabis products to be recalled if any concerns arise.
  • Plus! Potency is verified and labels have accurate information, so you know for a fact how much THC and/or CBD is in your products.

There are safeguards for you, children and pets

  • Legal cannabis is packaged in very plain packaging, so it doesn’t appeal to children or teens.
  • The packaging is also child resistant, so it is tough for any child to get into, which is essential, so your little one doesn’t accidentally consume any cannabis products.
  • There are maximum THC limits on legal edible cannabis—which decreases the risks of childhood poisonings.

Health Canada requires all legal products to have accurate information on the label, which helps you make informed choices. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep cannabis secure and out of reach of children, teens and pets. Visit here to learn more about keeping your cannabis out of reach.

Your information is secure

  • By buying legal cannabis, you can ensure your personal information is protected, like your Drivers Licence or Credit Card information; it is kept secure and never sold to third parties.
  • Many illegal sites out there look very good, but you can never guarantee your information is secure.

Legal vs. Illegal Cannabis

Buying cannabis online can be confusing. You may think you are looking at a legal website selling legal products—however, many illegal online sites trick you with information such as health warnings and other legal symbols.

Where to Buy Legal Cannabis

For Albertans, cannabis can only be purchased legally from a licensed retail store:

Cannabis Retailers

Or from Alberta's only legal, non-medical online cannabis store:

Why switch now?  I’ve been using it for years

We know your “guy” has likely been providing the same products for years and it’s always been good, so it can’t be risky, right? Well, you may be surprised to know that illegal cannabis comes with higher risks of unknown contaminants. For example, a recent report from National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health in BC found fungicide in 16 out of 18 illegal samples.

What does Legal Cannabis Look Like?

You may be wondering what legal cannabis looks like? So, let’s go over three easy ways to tell if a product is legal.

  • Look for the Canadian Universal THC Symbol. Any legal cannabis sold in Alberta must contain this sign indicating THC.


  • Legal cannabis packaging must have an un-tampered excise stamp.


  • If the packaging is colourful, uses the brand name of a known food or candy product, or is visually appealing, it is not legal. Remember, plain is best.​​​​​


How to Avoid Illegal Cannabis Products

Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if your product is legal. If you’re buying cannabis online and the site offers the following options, then it is an illegal site:

  • Requests payment by e-transfer or cryptocurrency
  • Offers to ship anywhere in Canada
  • Features packaging/products that could appeal to young persons

The RCMP and Edmonton Police Service have put together some tips to help you avoid purchasing illegal cannabis products. You can see the EPS’ complete list of tips here. Also, Health Canada has a short video to help guide you through purchasing legal cannabis—check it out here.