Alberta's NDP Government Tables Legislation to Manage Legalized Marijuana

An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis was tabled in the Alberta Legislature Thursday.

The province is moving forward with legislation to manage legalized marijuana. An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis was tabled in the Alberta Legislature Thursday by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley. Bill 26 proposes the minimum age for purchase and use at 18, establishes provincial offences for anyone under 18 who possesses 5 grams or less and bans the co-location of marijuana sales with alcohol, pharmaceuticals and tobacco sales. The proposed legislation would allow for two kinds of marijuana retail sales in Alberta - privately-operated physical stores as well as government-operated online retail. The bill, if passed, would also establish restrictions around where cannabis can be smoked and vaped in public. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says Bill 26 puts the province in a position to meet the federal deadline of July 2018 but does so in a way that promotes public health and safety. -Tina Giesbrecht

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