AGLC operates Alberta’s only legal website selling recreational cannabis.
What if I order online from another province – is that legal?
No, it is not legal. Non-medical cannabis purchased from outside of Alberta and shipped by the seller for delivery within Alberta is not legal cannabis.
The regulation of non-medical cannabis sales falls to individual provincial and territorial governments, and not the federal government. Each of these government bodies have their own laws that authorize cannabis retailers to sell to consumers within their respective jurisdiction, but do not permit sales of non-medical cannabis to consumers outside of their jurisdiction.
If a website is offering to ship non-medical cannabis to more than one province or territory within Canada, it is an indication that the website is operating in contravention of provincial and federal legislation, thereby making the cannabis provided illicit.
Is it still legal to buy medical cannabis online?
Yes, registered patients can purchase medical cannabis from vendors approved by Health Canada. You can find that list here.
Is it legal to buy recreational cannabis from an app?
No. There are no legal apps for purchasing recreational cannabis at this time.
What are the penalties?
Under the provincial Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, a business convicted of selling cannabis without a licence is liable to a fine up to $50,000, and individuals involved in the sale of illegal cannabis are liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.
Under the federal Cannabis Act, individuals selling or distributing illicit cannabis face up to 14 years in jail, and individuals in possession of illicit cannabis face imprisonment of up to five years or a fine of up to $5,000.
Does not knowing the website was illegal excuse you from getting in trouble with the law?
Ignorance of the law is never an excuse for breaking the law, which is why the Edmonton Police Service is hoping to educate the public about these illegal websites.
Why is the AGLC the only one who can sell cannabis online?
The AGLC is a Government of Alberta agency and at this time, it is the only federally appointed agency within the province authorized to sell recreational cannabis products online. Police are enforcing federal and provincial laws, which are in place to ensure cannabis is being safely regulated.