Alberta has led the way in the expansion of private retail stores since legalization
All prospective retail store applicants must receive municipal approval before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license.
Premier: Jason Kenney, UPC
Population: 4.37 million (2019) StatCan
Minimum wage: 14.00 CAD per hour (2018)
Private Retail Stores: Permitted
Cannabis Retail Store Count: 635
Store Regulator: Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC)
Insurance Requirements: There are no minimum insurance requirements specified at this time.
What you need to know
Alberta has led the way in the expansion of private retail stores since legalization, with more than 600 licensed stores having opened since 2019. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is responsible for issuing cannabis retail store licenses, overseeing distribution, and regulating the activities of licensed operators.
Private retailers are only permitted to sell cannabis products and accessories approved by the AGLC, which operates Alberta’s only legal recreational online cannabis store. Retailers are not permitted to sell cannabis products at the same location where tobacco and alcohol are sold.
All prospective retail store applicants must receive municipal approval before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license. The AGLC requires each applicant to undergo extensive background checks and to disclose detailed personal and financial information.
Overview of Licensing Process
Figure 1. Overview of Alberta cannabis retail regulations.
It is a great time for new businesses and investors to break into the Alberta cannabis retail market and CannDelta is here to help!
How we can help:
- AGLC Retail Cannabis Store Licence application
- Complete provincially tailored cannabis retail Standard Operating Procedures
- On-going provincial regulatory support
- Cannabis retail worker selection services
- Cannabis retail store site-suitability evaluations
- Store layout and fixturing designs
- Store physical security system design services
- Operational compliance and process flow
- AGLC store inspection preparation
Reach out today for a free consultation on how to get started on your licensing application!
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