Want To Open A Pot Shop; Here Are The Details


February 16, 2018 at 10:20 am - Home, Local News
By admin

Just minutes ago, the Alberta Government announced the rules and regulations surrounding who can and can’t own cannabis stores when the product becomes legalized this summer.

Here’s a summary, with more details and reaction to be added throughout the day.

Who Can Open a Private Retail Store?

All license applicants will undergo stringent, mandatory background checks, including:

– Criminal record check
– Business history
– Tax and financial information

• No licenses will be issued to anyone with links to organized crime, or with a history of drug trafficking
– Minor cannabis possession conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant
– Licenses will need to be renewed annually
– Mandatory background checks will be required every 1 to 3 years

• No single person, business or organization can have more than 15% of retail licenses across the province
– Allows for a level playing field for large and small business
– Government review of system in the future

Who Can Work in a Private Retail Store?

• The AGLC will maintain a database of Qualified Cannabis Employees
• Qualified employees will be:
• At least 18 years of age,
• Have taken mandatory training, and
• Passed criminal background check
• Retailers will only be able to hire Qualified Workers

Where Can Retail Stores be Located?

• Stores cannot be built within 100 meters from schools or hospitals
– 100 meter buffer is about one city block
– Will help keep cannabis out of the hands of children and protect public health
– Municipalities can add additional buffers, including between stores

How Will Retail Stores Operate?

• Stores will only be able to open between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.
– Same as hours for liquor stores
– Municipalities can further limit hours

• Limit of 30 grams per transaction
– Applies to both retail stores and online

• Mandatory security measures:
– Alarms, video surveillance and secured product storage
– Product can only be displayed in a locked display case and accessed by retail workers when store is open
– No use or consumption onsite
– Approved smell/viewing containers will be permitted

AGLC Licensing Process

• Application forms for cannabis retail licenses will be posted today for viewing on
• Retailers can submit their applications starting March 6; the AGLC will begin work on background checks
• Completed applications must include a $400 application fee and $700 first year licensing fee
• Applicants must submit criminal background check consent, detailed financial information and $3,000 deposit (cost recovery for due diligence process)
• Before a license will be issued, applicants will require municipal approval or a business license



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