The province has rolled out regulations on how cannabis will be sold in Alberta.
Regulations were announced by Alberta's Justice and Solicitor General Minister, Kathleen Ganley on Friday (Feb.16).
Cannabis will be legal in Canada on July 1.
Regulations address who can own a cannabis store, where stores can be located, rules for employees, and safety and security requirements, amongst other operational details for private retailers.
"These regulations focus on keeping our communities safe, while protecting public health and promoting safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces. They'll help keep cannabis out of the hands of youth, while ensuring consumers have access to safe products no matter where they live," said Kathleen Ganley.
Mandatory background checks will be required for any retail licence applicants. All retail employees will require training and background checks. One person, group, or organization cannot acquire more than 15 per cent of licences in the province. There is a 100 metre buffer from schools and health care facilities for stores. Store hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., the same as liquor stores, but municipalities can adjust this. Lastly, there will be mandatory security measures in stores.
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) provided details on the licensing process for future cannabis retailers. Beginning on March 6, retailers can submit license applications. The AGLC will handle online cannabis sales for Alberta as well. An e-commerce site is coming later this year.
The legal age for use or purchase of cannabis has been set at 18-years-old.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has been getting ready for the legalization of cannabis. Council was presented with three ways to prepare the community at the Feb. 13 meeting.
"It's legislation that's going to have a significant impact in our community on a bunch of different levels," said councillor Deanna Lennox.
Right now the city does not have a smoking bylaw, which Lennox noted is something in the works.
"There's lots of work going on behind the scenes by administration to prepare us as well as they can for what is coming," said Lennox. "There's going to have to be a lot of communication and there's certainly going to be a lot of education to go along with it."