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.
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.
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 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
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.
To apply for a retail store cannabis licence, complete the following application: