Alberta Lifts Retail Cannabis Licence Moratorium

On November 23, 2018, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) board had announced its decision to temporarily suspend accepting applications and issuing any additional cannabis retail licenses until further notice.

On May 30, 2019, the AGLC lifted the moratorium. The AGLC expects to issue five retail cannabis licences each week to a queue of approved retailers on a first-in, first-out basis (subject to restrictions preventing any one licensee from controlling more than 15% of the retail cannabis store licences issued in Alberta) to ensure an equitable process for the allocation of licences.

Should the stability of inventory take a drastic downturn, AGLC has stated that it will evaluate reinstating the moratorium.

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