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:

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?

Next steps

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

  • Fall 2017

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

  • July 2018

    Cannabis legalization implementation begins