Options to puff in public are still far from being determined in Alberta.
The provincial government won’t allow cannabis lounges or cafes for now, instead waiting for the federal government to sort out how to legalize edible forms that are less disruptive to other people.
Smoking cannabis in public raises health concerns, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said, both for other patrons and staff of the hypothetical lounges.
“When I go to a bar and order a glass of wine, it doesn’t make the server or the patrons at the next table more drunk,” Ganley said.
Edibles an option — but not for a while
She said the province will certainly look at lounges in the future but likely those would involve patrons consuming edible products. Edibles won’t be legalized immediately with general recreational use on legal Oct. 17.
Legal sales of edibles products, such as candy, cookies and chocolates, are being delayed as authorities are developing regulations, including around managing the potency of the psychoactive element, THC, in the edible goods.