How to Legally Buy Weed in Alberta, Canada

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Alberta’s cannabis laws give residents multiple ways to access recreational pot. If you live in Alberta, Canada, read on to find out how, how much, and where you can get legal recreational weed.

Alberta Possession, Purchasing, and Consumption Rules

If you are 18 years old in Alberta, you can legally purchase and possess a maximum of 30 grams of cannabis at a time. If you’d rather grow your own pot, that’s a legal option, too. Adults may grow a maximum of 4 plants per household.

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Purchasing cannabis in store

You can purchase flower, edibles, vapes, extracts, and topicals from brick and mortar licensed stores in Alberta, Canada.

Purchasing cannabis online

You can have legal cannabis products including flower, edibles, vapes, extracts, and topicals delivered to you through Alberta Cannabis, the province’s only legal adult-use online cannabis store. Alberta Cannabis will only ship products to addresses in Alberta. You’ll also have to receive your delivery in person, or it will be rerouted to a Canada Post office for you to pick up later.

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Consumption laws

You can use cannabis at home and in limited public places like cannabis cafes. There may be some exceptions based on the municipality. However, it’s illegal to use cannabis while in a vehicle or to drive while high.

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Alberta Licensing Rules for Retailers

If you want to open a brick and mortar cannabis store in Alberta, you must receive municipal approval and a license from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) first. As a part of the application process, you’ll need to submit a background check on yourself and your employees. You’ll also have to pay a $400 non-refundable application fee for each store site, a $700 yearly license fee, and a $3,000 deposit for background checks.

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Cannabis retail stores cannot grow or process their own cannabis products. All cannabis products must be purchased from the AGLC. Additionally, each retail store must have an alarm system, video surveillance system, and secure product display.

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