CAN: Online cannabis sales in Alberta move to licensed retailers

Online shopping and delivery of cannabis to Albertans’ doors will begin through some licensed cannabis retailers on Tuesday.

The transition to a widespread online market comes three months after Bill 80, Alberta’s Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, was adjusted for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) to withdraw from the digital landscape to make room for licensed retailers to install their own e-commerce platforms.

Since 2017, AGLC has been Alberta’s sole provider of online cannabis retail sales, said Kandice Machado, AGLC’s CEO during a Monday morning media availability.

Retailers will need an endorsement from AGLC, which is still responsible for the wholesale and distribution of retail cannabis products before they can start selling online. AGLC purchases cannabis products from federally-licensed producers and distributes them to licensed private retailers.

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