Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to sell cannabis in Alberta must have a retail cannabis licence.
- background checks
- municipal approval
- business requirements
- retail store requirements
Application processing time will take approximately two to four months and are subjected to AGLC application review policies.
The Due Diligence Unit endeavours to process retail applications in the order in which they are received.
Before applying, please review the necessary requirements below.
The corporate entity applying for a Retail Cannabis Store Licence completes the Applicant disclosure form. The corporate entity having an interest of 10 per cent or more in the applicant entity (Retail Cannabis Store applicant) completes the Associated Applicant disclosure form.
The AGLC will conduct a thorough personal and financial background check on applicants, associates and key employees of the applicant.
The purpose of background checks is to prevent criminal interests from operating, associating or having a financial interest in retail cannabis sales in Alberta.
The applicant's key employees requiring background checks include individuals that exercise influence or control over day-to-day operations or decision-making and those who have the authority to hire or terminate the employment of cannabis workers.
More information can be found on our Retail Cannabis Store Handbook - Background Checks section.
The following fees are due at the time of application:
- $400 non-refundable application fee for each store location
- $700 annual licence fee
- $3,000 initial deposit for background checks; additional costs may be added; the AGLC will refund the unused amount
Municipal approval is required before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis store licence.
Contact the municipality for requirements related to:
- retail cannabis store business licences
- zoning requirements
- land-use restriction
A retail cannabis store may not be located within 100 metres of:
- a provincial health care facility
- a school
- a parcel of land designated as school reserve
The business must:
- be incorporated in Alberta or extra-provincially registered in Alberta
- be separate from any other business and must only operate for the purpose of a retail cannabis store
- have a signed lease or certificate of title
Retail store requirements
The retail location must have:
- a point-of-sale area
- a shipping/receiving area that is separate from other businesses
- a secure storage area
- an alarm system
- a video surveillance system
- a secure product display
- Retailers must only purchase cannabis from the AGLC.
- Store hours may not open earlier than 10 a.m. or later than 2 a.m.
- Only approved cannabis accessories are allowed for sale.
- Minors may not enter a store, even in the company of an adult.
- Only government-issued photo identification is accepted.
- Staff must request identification for anyone who appears to be under 25 years of age.
- Retailers may not sell cannabis to intoxicated persons.
The 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.