Alberta Cannabis Council Welcomes Provincial Legislation to Reduce Red Tape
The proposed legislation would create a competitive online market to
accelerate the economic growth of the booming cannabis industry.
Edmonton, AB – November 4, 2021 – The Alberta Cannabis Council (ACC), welcomes the new Government of Alberta Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act. The Act eliminates red tape in the cannabis industry by enabling licensed retailers to provide online purchasing, makes changes to marketing regulations and allows curbside pickup and delivery services.
“We are glad to see the Government recognize the economic strength of the legal cannabis industry through removing some of the red-tape in the industry,” said Scott Treasure, Chair of the ACC. “These advocacy priorities for us have been top of mind for our members as we work to accelerate business growth, combat the illicit market, support consumer choice, and promote innovation in a fast-paced industry.”
Alberta currently has the highest number of legal retail stores in the province, with over 645 approved cannabis retailers. According to Statistics Canada, monthly cannabis retail sales have averaged at CA$5.1 million in Alberta since January 2021.
The legislative changes would also include the dissolution of the Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) online space, Alberta Cannabis. Currently, Alberta Cannabis is the only authorized online retail and delivery service that consumers may access.
ACC looks forward to working collaboratively with the Government of Alberta and the AGLC to support the implementation of the legislative changes.
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About Alberta Cannabis Council
The Alberta Cannabis Council is Canada’s largest cannabis professional association, with more than 60 member companies. Our retail members include more than 150 retail locations, and together our members employ more than 5,000 Albertans directly in the growing, processing, and sale of cannabis in Alberta. Our affiliate companies employ thousands of other Albertans, who benefit directly from the cannabis sector.