Alberta drafts cannabis framework

Published: October 8, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Several provinces have started laying out their draft frameworks ahead of cannabis legalization by July 18, and Alberta is the latest to announce its draft.

The provincial government has laid out a draft framework and is actively looking for feedback from Albertans. Feedback can be provided before midnight MT on Oct. 27, before a final version of the legislation will be finalized before introduction in the winter. The draft was announced by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.

Called the Alberta Cannabis Framework, the draft sets out which Albertans will be able to buy marijuana and where it will be available:

  • A minimum age of 18 to purchase and consume cannabis;
  • New tools to expand the ability of police to address drug-impaired driving (to be introduced over the next “few months”);
  • 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, no taller than one metre, 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;
  • Provincewide 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; and
  • The development of an extensive public education program.

“I’d like to thank every Albertan who participated in our various engagements regarding cannabis legalization over the summer,” said Kathleen Ganley, the province’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “With your input, we’ve drafted a proposed framework to manage legalized cannabis in our province. We look forward to receiving additional feedback from Albertans on this framework.”

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said the statement that more than 45,000 Albertans responded to the online survey this summer – “one of the most successful government surveys in Alberta’s history.”