The provincial government is continuing to move forward with legislation to prepare for the legalization of Cannabis in Canada that is expected to occur this summer.
“We remain focused on building a system for legal cannabis that prioritizes the safety and security of all Albertans,” said Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley.
The province is working to amend legislation that will provide the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) the authority to administer and enforce the cannabis market upon legalization.
“These amendments to the Gaming and Liquor Act represent another step in our continued work to prepare for the legalization of cannabis,” said Ganley.
Updates to the AGLC’s mandate will include rules for naming cannabis products as well as detail fines the AGLC can levy for violations of the act.
The changes are intended to protect Albertan’s health and ensure that cannabis is kept out of the hands of children.
Cannabis retailers and products will be prohibited from using any terms or symbols with medical connotations in branding and promoting their products.
The legislation will also work to limit or eliminate the illegal market in cannabis.
Amendments to reduce regulation and create opportunities within Alberta’s liquor industry are also being included in the changes.
“Our government has worked to eliminate unnecessary regulation that negatively impacts our restaurant and bar industry.
Ferment-on-premises and blending of liquor products represent common sense changes that open new revenue streams for business and allows Albertans another way to responsibly enjoy themselves,” said President of Treasury Board and Alberta Minister of Finance Joe Ceci.