Status: Under review
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
While federal cannabis legislation outlines broad policy, the provinces have a role in determining how cannabis will be distributed and consumed. Alberta will adapt this legislation in a way that best suits Albertans’ needs, circumstances and values.
Public and stakeholder engagements
From June 2 to July 31, 2017, Albertans were invited to share their input by:
- taking an online survey
- making a written submission
- completing the conversation toolkit
- holding community conversations
During this first stage of public engagement, we gathered 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?
Feedback will be used to build the Alberta Cannabis Framework, which will inform how Alberta adapts to legalization. This fall, the Framework will be made available for Albertans to review and provide their input.
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
Release draft of the Alberta Cannabis Framework for further public and stakeholder input
Cannabis legalization implementation begins
Still time to have your say on cannabis legalization (July 20, 2017)
Have your say on cannabis legalization (June 2, 2017)
Minister Kathleen Ganley responds to federal legislation (April 13, 2017)
Minister travels to Colorado to research cannabis policies (October 18, 2016)