Cannabis Legalization

The federal government has introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. This bill provides a plan for regulating cannabis and sets standards for:

  • Health and safety;
  • What actions are illegal or criminal; and
  • What aspects of cannabis regulation are the responsibility of the provinces.

Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization

The Government of Alberta has released its Cannabis Framework and introduced Bill 26: An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis. Please visit the Government of Alberta website for information on Alberta’s approach to Cannabis legalization. A draft of the Alberta Cannabis Framework and Bill 26 are also available for download on their website.

Provincial rules for cannabis businesses

Updates to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation were introduced on February 16, 2018, that will govern how privately owned retail stores will operate, including:

  • who can own cannabis stores
  • where they can be located
  • staff requirements
  • safety and security requirements
  • other operational details

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) will carry out licensing, oversight and compliance functions for privately owned cannabis retail stores, as well as managing the distribution of cannabis to these stores.

Details on the provincial process and requirements for applying to be a cannabis retailer are now available. The AGLC began accepting applications on March 6, 2018.

Cannabis-related businesses

Retail sales of recreational cannabis or mairjuana are currently illegal. We will continue to enforce existing laws related to cannabis sales until the new legislation comes into effect by July 2018. Currently, business licenses are not being issued for the sale of cannabis.

New cannabis retail businesses

The legalization of cannabis is creating interest about potential retail opportunities in Brooks. The City is waiting for more clarity from the provincial government before we can move forward on the cannabis retail sales model. 

Brooks permits and licensing

Based on the information currently available, municipalities in Alberta will be responsible for the location and regulations for cannabis stores. The provincial government has indicated that retail cannabis stores will be privately operated, while the only government will be allowed to conduct online sales of cannabis. And all cannabis products will be supplied by the AGLC.

To accommodate the retail sale and production of cannabis products in Brooks, the City is considering how best to formulate regulations at the municipal level. New Land Use Bylaw amendments are currently being developed and will be introduced to Council shortly.

Contact us

If you have any questions about cannabis legalization and businesses, please email