News Release

Improvements to Alberta’s cannabis supply support additional retail licences

Although the national cannabis supply shortage has created restrictions for licensed retailers to access a comprehensive selection of inventory, supply challenges have shown some improvement.

Issuing a limited number of new licences still effectively manages the cannabis supply shortage by ensuring there is sufficient inventory available for current retailers, while allowing some applicants in the queue to open their stores.

After seeing a modest improvement in supply over the last few weeks, we are confident the inventory can accommodate an additional 10 retail locations. AGLC continues to work with our licensed producers and current retailers towards solutions that will support a sustainable marketplace.

Alain Maisonneuve, President & CEO
Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC)

The additional licences will be issued to the first 10 applicants that have met all licensing conditions after the decision was made to stop issuing licences. AGLC has maintained a queue of approved retailers on a first-in, first-out basis to ensure an equitable process is adhered to.

While AGLC’s supply levels have seen modest improvement, they are not stable enough to fully open the licensing process or accept new retail cannabis applications. AGLC is in discussions with an additional 12 licensed producers from across Canada to secure additional product.

AGLC is responsible for regulating private retail cannabis, the distribution of cannabis and operation of the province’s only legal online cannabis store on behalf of the Alberta government. In Alberta, is the only legal source to purchase cannabis products online.

For more than 20 years, AGLC has been a regulatory leader in the management of Alberta’s gaming and liquor industries. Our commitment to integrity and offering choices Albertans can trust will continue as our responsibilities expand to include cannabis.

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Heather Holmen

Manager, Communications, AGLC