Health and safety is a top priority for the provincial government as they look to modernize the Gaming and Liquor Act ahead of the federal government legalizing cannabis.
 
The proposed changes would prohibit retailers from naming cannabis and related products with terms and symbols that have medical connotations, including therapeutic or medicinal.
 
Other changes would include a ban on vaping or smoking in stores and making it illegal to alter cannabis products.
 
The government has proposed that the court rely on a law enforcement officer’s ability to infer that a product is cannabis based on its packaging, labeling or smell, mirroring the current practice for alcohol and tobacco.
 
"We're just making sure that we have the enforcement tools to make sure that public safety is first and foremost," said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood. "What I keep hearing is that people want access to minors stopped as best as we can."
 
The new rules would also increase the maximum Gaming and Liquor Act and regulation administrative fines for infractions from $200,000 to $1 million.
 
The province has already rolled out regulations on how cannabis will be sold in Alberta. Those regulations can be found here.

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