This release was issued under a previous government.

“It’s vital for our government to be prepared and educated on the issue of legalizing marijuana and we’re eager to hear from experts in this field. We want to learn from Colorado’s experiences and any challenges regarding the process of legalization.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Expected Outcomes

The purpose of this trip is to gain an understanding of the public safety, economic, health and social issues stemming from the legalization of cannabis in another country to advise cabinet members during the development and implementation of a framework for Alberta.

Colorado legalized cannabis more than two years ago, making it an ideal location from which to collect policy information and identify challenges that may be avoided by Alberta with an early understanding of critical issues.

Itinerary for Minister Ganley



Thursday, Oct. 20

Depart Edmonton

Friday, Oct. 21

Meetings with officials including:

  • Attorney General
  • City of Denver 
  • Denver Police
  • Fire Services
  • Building and licensing experts
  • Environmental health department

Saturday, Oct. 22

Depart Colorado


  • The expected cost for Minister Ganley and one staff member is $4,094.
  • On April 20, 2016, the federal government announced it will move forward with legalizing cannabis in the spring of 2017.
  • The federal government has not yet articulated its policy positions or what regulatory or legislative role the provinces will play in developing and implementing the new regime for cannabis.