Cannabis retailers are one step closer to opening their doors.
The province has officially started the process for businesses looking to sell cannabis.
"It will likely take anywhere from two to four months for retailers to get a license depending on the complexity of the application," said Heather Holmen, communications manager with the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission.
All retail cannabis license applicants must undergo extensive mandatory background checks.
"Associated costs include a $400 application fee, a $3,000 due diligence deposit and an annual licensing fee will cost $700," added Holmen.
Holmen did add that municipalities still have the final say in where stores can be located and where cannabis can be used.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan was presented options in February. Council will address their approach to legalized cannabis at the council meeting on Tuesday (Mar.13).
More licensing info can be found online.