On top of the Canadian Cannabis Laws listed in the Cannabis Act, provinces also have their own laws and regulations to help govern the productions, usage, distribution, packaging, and sales of cannabis and cannabis-related products and services within their province.
In Alberta, the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC) was placed with the creation and overseeing of the legislation to ensure only legal products are being sold.
Consumption and Possession of Cannabis in Alberta
In line with the legal drinking age in Alberta, the minimum age for cannabis purchases and consumption is set at 18 years old. Anyone 18 or older is allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public if they do not have a medical cannabis prescription. Cannabis can legally be consumed in private residences, as well as in certain public areas where the consumption of tobacco products are also allowed. This means places such as hospitals, schools, parks, and zoos are banned. Driving under the influence of any type is illegal and carries large fines in both Alberta and Canada as a whole. Education and public safety rules will continue to be developed as time goes on around medical cannabis consumption. When driving or transporting cannabis in Alberta, it must be sealed in a closed package, within the legal limit amount, and out of reach of the driver and passengers.
Cultivation & Growing Cannabis Plants in Alberta
Adults over the legal age are allowed to legally grow up to 4 plants per residence. Apollo assists all Canadians in obtaining and registering their ACMPR Personal Production (Grow Your Own) License with Health Canada. In order to legally grow medical cannabis in Canada, you must:
(1) be over the age of 18
(2) have no prior cannabis convictions
(3) be prescribed medical cannabis by a physician
(4) fill out and submit an application to Health Canada
Alberta Workplaces & Cannabis
Workplaces and cannabis in Alberta follow the same rules put in place by the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act that governs any type of impairment in the workplace. This can include anything from alcohol, fatigue, and mental health. Workers have the obligation to perform their job safely and are expected to cooperate with their employer by reporting known impairment to ensure a safe work environment.
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