Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
As legalization draws nearer, it’s especially interesting to see the different approaches the provinces are taking. Let’s take a look at how Alberta is licensing their cannabis retailers.
Alberta’s stated goals are very much in line with the federal government’s, as politicians at both the provincial andfederal levels want to:
- Keep cannabis away from kids
- Protect public health and safety
- Fight the billion dollar black market
But there are some unique ways that Alberta is going about achieving its goals, and in some aspects, it’s completely contradictory.
Alberta will automatically block anyone who participated in the cannabis black market from receiving a cannabis retail license
Alberta seems hellbent on ensuring that the retailers in its cannabis industry have little to no experience with the plant.
How else can you explain why Alberta is banning anyone who participated in the illegal market from being involved in the legal system, as the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) states on its website (emphasis mine),