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Alberta Introducing Legal Online Pot Sales


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From Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC)

Alberta’s online cannabis store prepares for the budding industry

Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) is pleased to unveil more details surrounding the online sale of cannabis at

After months of collaboration with government ministries, licensed producers, stakeholders and consulting with Albertans, AGLC is pleased to showcase what consumers can expect come October 17, 2018. is the only legal recreational cannabis store authorized to sell online in the province in Alberta. Albertans will be able to purchase cannabis and have it delivered to their door via Canada Post or Purolator.

AGLC will work with licensed producers and retailers to provide Albertans with access to clean, safe, regulated cannabis products at competitive prices. AGLC has established relationships with 15 licensed producers, including three from Alberta, to provide dried flower, oils, seeds, capsules and pre-rolls. AGLC will continue to engage producers as they become federally licensed to provide Albertans with more choices.

AGLC is committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors and reducing illicit market purchases. Albertans over the age of 18 will be able to access using a simple one-time age verification process that is fast and secure. Age verification will also be required at time of delivery for all online orders.

Users will be prompted to set up an account when they visit and must verify that they are the age of majority through the following means:

  • Users will provide basic personal information and a credit file database will verify identity and age match. Consumers’ credit scores will not be impacted by this confirmation. Consumers may begin browsing and shopping immediately.
  • Should credit history not be available, users can upload government-issued identification to verify identity and age match. Consumers may begin browsing and shopping immediately.
  • If the user does not have an established credit file and is unable to upload government-issued identification, a bar code will be provided and the user can proceed to a Canada Post outlet for age verification. Once this is complete, the consumer may begin browsing and shopping.

Ensuring consumer privacy is maintained is a priority and no consumer data will be stored with credit file verification or identification verification. has also incorporated industry best practices aimed at better educating new cannabis customers – providing more detailed information regarding product properties including THC and CBD levels, as well as product terpene (smell) profiles.

The website will be live October 17.

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More boots on the ground to fight rural crime

Rural crime continues to be a top concern among residents and businesses in rural Alberta, which is why Alberta’s government remains committed to addressing it through enhanced surveillance and other crime reduction initiatives. Alberta’s government invested $4.3 million for the Alberta Sheriffs to put more boots on the ground. This investment supported the establishment of two plainclothes teams – one in northern Alberta and one in southern Alberta – to support police in carrying out surveillance on criminal targets in rural areas.

Both teams are now fully staffed and operational, ready to fight crime in rural areas across Alberta. These rural surveillance teams will work to prevent crime, monitor agricultural theft and work in collaboration with local law enforcement to share intelligence and resources to keep Albertans and their property safe and secure.

“Criminals and organized crime are not welcome in Alberta. Full stop. The addition of two new surveillance teams will further support our law enforcement partners in stamping out criminal activity in Alberta’s rural areas. This is about supporting local investigations to address local crime in our smaller communities. Together, both teams will form another key component of Alberta’s efforts to combat crime and ensure Albertans feel safe at home and in their communities, regardless of where they live.”

Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services

The Alberta Sheriffs have an existing surveillance unit that is part of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and focused mainly on serious and organized crime investigations. The new surveillance teams will fill a gap by helping rural RCMP detachments with local investigations.

“Through their specialized knowledge, training and experience, Alberta’s new surveillance teams are providing another important mechanism in the fight against crime in Alberta’s rural communities. Working in close collaboration with the RCMP and other policing agencies, their efforts will play a key role in gathering evidence and information that will help disrupt crime throughout the province.”

Mike Letourneau, superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs

“This announcement by the Alberta government and Minister Ellis is a positive step forward for the residents of Alberta, especially in rural areas. Targeting known criminals is a very effective way to reduce the level of crime taking place and will greatly assist the RCMP who have a vast area to police.”

Lance Colby, mayor, Town of Carstairs

“We are happy to hear about increased resources being allocated to assist our communities. Addressing rural crime is one of the top priorities of the Alberta RCMP, and our partners at the Alberta Sheriffs already play a vital role in keeping Albertans safe. The creation of these new surveillance teams will help augment our ongoing crime reduction strategies in Alberta communities, and we look forward to working with them going forward.”

Trevor Daroux, assistant commissioner, criminal operations officer, Alberta RCMP

The new surveillance teams are part of a suite of measures to expand the role of the Alberta Sheriffs and make Alberta communities safer. Other actions include the expansion of the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit – which uses legal sanctions and court orders to target problem properties where illegal activities are taking place – and the expansion of the RAPID Response initiative with funding for the Sheriff Highway Patrol to train and equip members to assist the RCMP with emergencies and high-priority calls.

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