Article by The Canadian Press via Global News
Alberta expects to issue 250 licences for cannabis stores this year, and says anyone who wants to run a weed shop will first undergo an exhaustive check ranging from tax records to mob ties.
“We believe that our regulations will strike the right balance,” Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Friday in Calgary as she unveiled the new regulations for marijuana distribution.
“The system that we are putting in place in Alberta will create an environment in which retailers can legally sell cannabis and provide access to safe products while keeping the health and safety of Albertans in mind.”
The regulations underpin legislation passed last November by Alberta that puts the minimum age to buy and use recreational cannabis at 18, with private retailers selling marijuana over the counter while the province runs the online sales.
The federal government has said it wants cannabis legalized by July 1, but the bill is still in debate and the implementation date may be pushed back into the late summer or fall.
Ganley said the province will begin taking applications starting March 6 for those who want to operate a cannabis store. Cannabis distribution is run by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.