Alberta’s approach to cannabis legalization
The federal government introduced legislation to legalize cannabis by July 2018. Alberta can decide how it will adapt to this legislation.
Consultation status: Open until Friday, October 27
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
Alberta Cannabis Framework
The Alberta Cannabis Framework was developed following extensive public and stakeholder engagement to best achieve our four policy priorities for cannabis legalization in our province:
- keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth
- protecting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces
- protecting public health
- limiting the illegal market for cannabis
Based on input from Albertans, stakeholders and partners, we’ve drafted a common sense approach to managing legalized cannabis in Alberta. This includes:
- comprehensive government oversight of distribution and retail
- alignment with existing tobacco laws for public consumption
- tools to empower law enforcement and employers to ensure safety on our roads and at work
We encourage you to review the draft framework and provide your feedback by completing the online survey or emailing us a written submission by Friday, October 27 at midnight.
Alberta Cannabis FrameworkOur draft framework sets the stage for the legal and responsible use of cannabis by Albertans.
Take the surveyShare your thoughts on the direction we're heading.
Cannabis legalization in CanadaWhile legalization is a federal decision, the provinces and municipalities have areas of responsibility. See Alberta's plan for action.
About cannabisBasic information about cannabis (marijuana), its potential health effects, and statistics on how it’s used in Alberta.
What we heard
From June 2 to July 31, 2017, we held extensive public and stakeholder engagement so Albertans could share their thoughts, questions, expertise and ideas about cannabis. More than 45,000 Albertans shared their input through an online survey and written submissions. We conducted additional public opinion research to ensure we heard from people across the province.
We also met with nearly 100 organizations across sectors to talk about what legalization could look like in Alberta, and with provincial and territorial colleagues to share information and discuss common issues like public education, taxation and seed-to-sale tracking.
We are currently conducting further engagement with all Albertans and stakeholders based on the draft framework, and will release a summary of all our engagement activities later this winter.
April 13, 2017
Introduction of federal cannabis legislation
June 2 - July 31, 2017
Completed public and stakeholder engagement on Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization
August - September 2017
Reviewed engagement findings and development of the Alberta Cannabis Framework
Released draft of the Alberta Cannabis Framework for further public and stakeholder input
Refine and release final version of the Alberta Cannabis Framework, and introduce legislation.
Cannabis legalization implementation begins
- Proposed Alberta Cannabis Framework released (Oct 4, 2017)
- 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)