Retail Cannabis Store Handbook

Policies

  1. As per Section 90.04 GLCA, it is an offence to give, sell, or provide cannabis to anyone under 18 years of age. Management and staff of a licensed cannabis premises are responsible to ensure cannabis is not sold or provided to minors.
  2. As per Section 90.03(1) GLCA, no minor may enter a licensed retail cannabis store.
  3. As per Section 90.03(3) GLCA, licensee staff are required to obtain valid identification and verify proof of age if a person who appears to be under 25 years of age attempts to enter a licensed retail cannabis store.
  4. As per Section 90.03(2) GLCA, licensee staff are required to obtain valid identification and verify proof of age whenever a person who appears to be under 25 years of age attempts to buy cannabis.
  5. If unsatisfied a person is at least 18 years of age, licensee staff must refuse entry or ask the person to leave.
  6. For the purposes of Subsection 4.4.4, valid primary identification must:
    1. have a photo;
    2. have a name;
    3. have a signature;
    4. be Government issued;
    5. include date of birth;
    6. not be expired;
    7. have a unique identifier number; and
    8. be an original (not a copy).
  7. If the identification appears not to be genuine or the licensee staff is unfamiliar with the identification provided (e.g. out-of-province or out-of-country identification), licensee staff must request a second piece of identification. Valid secondary identification must:
    1. have a name;
    2. be Government issued;
    3. have a unique identifier number; and
    4. include date of birth.
  8. If uncertain of the authenticity of the identification provided, licensee staff must refuse entry or ask the person to leave.
  9. A "No Minors" sign must be posted at all entrances to a licensed premises where minors are prohibited.
  10. Selling cannabis to a minor may disqualify a Qualified Cannabis Worker and may affect the worker’s ability to continue to work in the industry.
  11. No minor may work as staff in a licensed retail cannabis store.

Guidelines

  1. Identification should be carefully examined under good lighting and/or a black light should be used to ensure the:
    1. photograph is a true likeness and has not been substituted;
    2. the plastic laminate has not been tampered with; and
    3. the lettering of the name, date of birth and other data have not been altered (lettering that has been altered will show up under a black light).
  2. For further identification confirmation, licensee staff may ask a person to provide a sample signature and compare it to the signatures on the photograph identification and on the second piece of identification.
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