On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the province released the draft Alberta Cannabis Framework. This Framework outlines who will be able to buy and use recreational cannabis once it is legal; where they will be able to buy it; and where they will be allowed to use it.
The Framework proposes:
- A minimum age of 18 to purchase and consume cannabis.
- Provincial oversight and regulation of wholesaling and distribution of cannabis products through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).
- A public possession limit for adults of 30 grams.
- The ability to grow up to four cannabis plants at home for personal use.
- Restrictions on retail locations selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals together with cannabis.
- Strict rules around zoning retail locations and training for employees.
- Province-wide restrictions on where cannabis can be used in public, with an emphasis on protecting children and limiting second-hand exposure.
- Ability for municipalities to introduce additional restrictions on public consumption.
- New tools to expand the ability of police to address drug-impaired driving.
- Development of an extensive public education program.
The retail model for selling cannabis (publically-owned versus privately-owned retail outlets) has not yet been determined.
Full details of the draft Alberta Cannabis Framework are available online and all Albertans are encouraged to provide feedback to the government by October 27, 2017, through an online survey and/or a written submission.
Municipalities submitting written feedback are asked to share a copy with Kelly Santarossa at AUMA (email@example.com) so this feedback can be used to inform AUMA’s submission.
Visit our website for more or more information on AUMA’s advocacy related the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.