Cannabis was legalized for recreational use in Canada on October 17, 2018. Each province and territory has its own set of laws and regulations for the sale, distribution, and consumption of cannabis. In Alberta, the Cannabis Act governs the legal use of cannabis.
In Alberta, individuals over the age of 18 are allowed to purchase and consume cannabis. However, it is important to note that cannabis use is not allowed in public places, workplaces, or vehicles. Additionally, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis.
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is the governing body responsible for regulating the distribution and sale of cannabis in Alberta. The AGLC is responsible for issuing licenses to private retailers and oversees the distribution of cannabis products to those retailers. Private retailers must follow strict guidelines regarding the sale and distribution of cannabis products.
Cannabis products can only be sold in licensed retail stores in Alberta. Private retailers are allowed to sell cannabis in two different categories: cannabis with THC and cannabis with CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that is responsible for the “high” associated with its use. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that is believed to have therapeutic benefits.
In Alberta, individuals are allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or the equivalent amount of other cannabis products. The possession limit applies to both public and private spaces. It is illegal to possess cannabis in any amount greater than the possession limit.
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is legal in Canada. Patients with a valid prescription from a healthcare practitioner are allowed to purchase and use cannabis products. These products are sold through licensed producers and are not available for purchase through private retailers.
The production of cannabis in Alberta is regulated by the federal government. Licensed producers are allowed to grow cannabis for commercial purposes. The production of cannabis for personal use is illegal in Canada.
In summary, cannabis is legal for recreational and medical use in Alberta. However, it is important to follow the laws and regulations regarding its use, including the possession limit and restrictions on where it can be consumed. Private retailers are licensed to sell cannabis products, and the production of cannabis is regulated by the federal government.