The issue: 

By July 2018, cannabis will be legal in Canada. It is up to each province to determine how cannabis will be distributed and consumed. The AHLA and our members have worked in partnership with the Government of Alberta to sell and serve liquor and tobacco for almost 100 years, and we are well positioned to add cannabis products to this portfolio.

The AHLA believes that selling cannabis through licenced and regulated private stores is the most effective and affordable decision for the provincial government.  Building a network of stores that would eliminate black market sales by assuring convenient access to legal marijuana is a poor use of limited government resources, and would be almost impossible given the timelines involved.  While this may generate less revenue for the government in the long run, it will also result in:

  • Significantly lower costs to government,
  • Increased corporate taxes, and
  • Increased employment for Albertans.

The AHLA encourages the provincial government to permit the sale of cannabis through the private sector.


AHLA President & CEO Dave Kaiser participated in two government consultations facilitated by Alberta’s Cannabis Secretariat:

  • Managing Access and Protecting Public Health
  • Regulation and Supply Chain

The links below contain the information that was presented and discussed at these consultations:

The AHLA supports the Government of Alberta’s policy priorities to:

  • Keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth
  • Protect public health
  • Promote safety on roads, in workplaces, and in public places
  • Limit the illegal cannabis market.

The AHLA supports:

  • Expanding existing regulations for alcohol and tobacco to cannabis, including regulations for advertising and promotion.
  • Educating Albertans about responsible use of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis as part of the school curriculum starting no later than Grade 6.
  • Controlling the potency and content of cannabis products available for sale to young adults.
  • Developing a scientifically proven roadside test for cannabis impairment.
  • Leveraging Alberta’s existing liquor industry model for the regulation, distribution, and sale of cannabis


View the AHLA’s full submission to Alberta’s Cannabis Consultation