Status: Open until July 31, 2017
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis by July 2018. Learn about cannabis legalization across Canada and basic information on cannabis.

Alberta's role is to decide how to adapt this legislation in a way that best suits Albertans’ needs, circumstances and values. During the first stage of public engagement, we're gathering input on the following topics:

  • Legal age – should it be older than the federal minimum legal age of 18?
  • Purchasing cannabis – how will it be distributed and where will it be sold?
  • Using cannabis in public – where can it be consumed and under what circumstances?
  • Safe roads and workplaces – should Alberta create new impaired driving laws and how should it be treated in the workplace?


Your feedback from these activities will be used to build the Alberta Cannabis Framework. The Framework will be posted for Albertans to review and provide feedback on this fall.


  • April 13, 2017

    Introduction of federal cannabis legislation

  • June 2 - July 31, 2017

    Public and stakeholder engagement on Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization

  • August - September 2017

    Review of engagement findings and development of the Alberta Cannabis Framework

  • Fall 2017

    Release draft of the Alberta Cannabis Framework for further public and stakeholder input

  • July 2018

    Cannabis legalization implementation begins