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:

  1. keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth
  2. protecting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces
  3. protecting public health
  4. 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

Get involved

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.

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

  • Fall 2017

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

  • Winter 2018

    Refine and release final version of the Alberta Cannabis Framework, and introduce legislation.

  • July 2018

    Cannabis legalization implementation begins

Contact us

Cannabis Secretariat