In wake of the 2018 Cannabis Legalization, the Government of Alberta wants your feedback before any decisions are made final. By heading over to alberta.ca/cannabis-legalization, you can find out all the details you need to know heading into the new year. From surveys, to timelines and facts, Albertan’s are encouraged to extend their knowledge on the situation.
Minister of Justice Kathleen Ganley says “Our draft framework, developed with input from Albertans, is a starting point for managing cannabis in our province. We want to hear from as many Albertans as possible, and welcome their feedback before our government makes final decisions on this important topic.”
The Nations Capital will handle all health and criminal regulations, but it is up to Provinces to regulate sales and all other restrictions. Parts of Alberta’s framework for Cannabis Legalization in July include:
- A minimum age of 18 to purchase and consume cannabis.
- Provincial oversight and regulation of wholesaling and distribution of cannabis products through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).
- A public possession limit for adults of 30 grams.
- The ability to grow up to four cannabis plants, no taller than one metre, at home for personal use.
- Restrictions on retail locations selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals together with cannabis.
- Strict rules around zoning of retail locations and training for employees.
- Provincewide restrictions on where cannabis can be used in public, with an emphasis on protecting children and limiting second-hand exposure.
- Ability for municipalities to introduce additional restrictions on public consumption.
- New tools to expand the ability of police to address drug-impaired driving.
- Development of an extensive public education program.
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Health Ministers are expected to meet today in Edmonton and update the Cannabis plan. The issue will be on going for several months and some province officials have been quoted as saying “if our police forces aren’t ready, Canada isn’t ready”.