Cannabis Legalization

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Recreational cannabis use is now legal across Canada, as of October 17, 2018.

As the destination marketing organization for the Government of Alberta, Travel Alberta will monitor the impact on tourism, work together with our industry partners, and share important information with our stakeholders.

Quick Facts

  • In Alberta, people 18 years of age or older may smoke or vape cannabis at home or in some public places.
  • Edibles will not be legal on October 17—however, the federal government plans to legalize and regulate them in the future.
  • It is important to be aware that there are strict federal rules around advertising and promotion of cannabis products.
  • Cannabis can only be sold by licensed retailers or online through the AGLC. Re-selling is not allowed.
  • Consumption is not allowed in vehicles. It is also restricted in areas frequented by kids as well as other public spaces where smoking is prohibited.
  • Alberta municipalities can place additional restrictions on public consumption above those set by the province. Travellers should check the rules in the communities they are visiting.
  • It will continue to be illegal to take cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders.

For more information, check out Cannabis Questions and Answers or these information resources: