3.4 Store Name and Signs

Retail Cannabis Store Handbook


  1. Each retail cannabis store must have a distinct business name that is not registered by another business interest. (For more information contact Alberta Registries at 780-427-7013 or servicealberta.gov.ab.ca.) (Amended Jan 2022)
  2. Use of the term "Alberta" or "AGLC" is prohibited in a store name.
  3. (Deleted Jan 2022)
  4. (Deleted Jan 2022)
  5. Signage must be in good taste and not depict a lifestyle, endorsement, person, character or animal.
  6. (Deleted Sept 2023)
  7. Signage that claims beneficial health effects, or makes a statement regarding increased potency or concentration are not permitted.
  8. As per Section 90.171(1) of the GLCA, use of any term, symbol or graphic normally associated with medicine, health or pharmaceuticals are prohibited in a store name or signage. Examples include, but are not limited to: (Amended Sept 2023)
    1. use of the term Pharmacy, Dispensary, Apothecary, Rx or Drug Store, med, medi or clinic;
    2. use of the term Medicine, Medicinal, Health or Therapeutic; or
    3. use of graphics or symbols that would denote the above.
  9. Sign(s) or identification may not include graphics which:
    1. appeal to minors;
    2. show the use of cannabis;
    3. display intoxication;
    4. display or identify a cannabis product or accessory;
    5. display a price; or (Amended May 2022)
    6. display any sporting or cultural event or activity.


  1. A common business name may be used when a number of retail cannabis stores are operated by the same owner.
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