IMPORTANT: All retail cannabis licence applicants must undergo extensive mandatory background checks.
Background checks are performed on an applicant, director, shareholders and key employees to prevent criminal interests from operating, associating or having a financial interest in cannabis retail sales in Alberta.
An applicant that is or was a participant in the unlawful cannabis trade, including illegal retail or medical sales, including the sale of cannabis seeds and/or CBD products, or has criminal convictions for serious violence offences, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking, manufacturing or production of a controlled drug or substance under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) will not be eligible for a retail cannabis licence.
NOTE: CBD is listed as a controlled substance under Schedule 2 of the CDSA. The sale of CBD products, unless sold by a Health Canada Licensed Producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, is prohibited.