Important information for Albertans
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Federal legislation policies allow for legally-purchased:
Albertans are able to use purchased seeds to grow up to four plants per household, but live plants are not available for sale.
Commercially-prepared edibles are not legal during the initial stage of legalization. They'll be made available from a provincially-licensed retailer once the federal government has developed regulations for edibles, and the province has implemented distribution. Home-prepared edibles, such as baking or teas, are allowed for personal use for those over 18.
Creams that contain cannabis won't be legal under the proposed recreational federal legislation policies and there are no plans to legalize them at this time.
An adult (18+) in Alberta is allowed to possess up to 30 grams of legally-produced or grown dried cannabis in public, or the equivalent volume in other forms.
The Government of Canada has ratios for other cannabis products that define the possession limit for those products.
One (1) gram of dried cannabis is equivalent to:
No person can sell or provide cannabis to anyone under the age of 18. Individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to enter cannabis retail locations, even if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To prevent youth from using cannabis, the Cannabis Act addresses specific concerns about minors. It prohibits:
Penalties for violating these prohibitions include a fine of up to $5 million or three years in jail. In addition, the Cannabis Act creates two new criminal offences, with maximum penalties of 14 years in jail for giving or selling cannabis to youth and for using a youth to commit a cannabis-related offence.
In Canada, medical use of cannabis is legal if documentation is provided by a specific healthcare practitioners. Researchers continue to explore how and why cannabis works for some people.
For more information, visit the medical use of cannabis on the Government of Canada website.
Albertans are able to legally purchase cannabis, to grow or buy, only from an AGLC-licensed cannabis retail store or AlbertaCannabis.org.
The Canadian cannabis black market has been a lucrative trade for some –– estimated at over $8 billion in a study published by Deloitte. Experts believe that the black market may fade following legalization, as the benefits of a regulated product outweigh the risks of the illegal market. The federal and provincial governments are working with licensed producers to ensure pricing is competitive, in a bid to discourage competition with the black market.
The benefits of legal cannabis include: