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This Alberta government webpage provides information on recent changes to Alberta’s alcohol- and drug-impaired driving offences and sanctions to align with new federal drug laws are now in effect. Information covered includes:
- zero tolerance for cannabis or illegal drugs in the blood stream of GDL drivers, in addition to alcohol
- immediate 90-day licence suspension for impaired drivers, followed by participation in a one-year ignition interlock program
- blood-drug concentration limits and criminal penalities
Although legalization is a federal decision, provinces and municipalities are responsible for setting rules with respect to cannabis consumption. This page summarizes the rules set by both the Province of Alberta and by the city of Calgary for cannabis smoking within the City of Calgary. The Calgary Bylaw regulates where smoking is permitted in public places: this includes tobacco, vaping and cannabis. Whether you are smoking cannabis for recreational or for medical purposes, everyone is expected to respect the same rules for where you can smoke.
Information for condominium owners, landlords and tenants about cannabis restrictions in condos, apartments and rental homes.
Cannabis became legal across Canada on Oct. 17, 2018. Find out what it means for Albertans. Learn the rules and regulations that come into effect when recreational cannabis becomes legal.
Although legalization is a federal decision, provinces and municipalities are responsible for setting rules with respect to cannabis consumption. This page summarizes the rules set by both the Province of Alberta and by Edmonton City Council for cannabis smoking and vaping within the City of Edmonton. The City of Edmonton's Public Places Bylaw regulates where smoking is permitted in public places: this includes tobacco, vaping and cannabis. Whether you are smoking cannabis for recreational or for medical purposes, everyone is expected to respect the same rules for where you can smoke. Private property owners may establish additional smoking restrictions on their own properties.
Cannabis use at Alberta Parks sites aligns with the Alberta Cannabis Framework. The page provides information on the rules that apply in Alberta parks regarding the use of cannabis.
In a previous blog post, the authors summarized the new federal, provincial, and municipal laws pertaining to cannabis. One of the key policy issues for all three levels of government is the impact that legalization will have on young people. This blog post discusses the policy issues which affect canada's youth.
Legislation Commented On: Cannabis Act, SC 2018, c 16; Cannabis Regulations, SOR/2018-144; Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, RSA 2000, c G-1; Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation, Alta Reg 143/996
ABlawg: The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog includes commentary by faculty members, sessional instructors, research associates at our affiliated institutes, and students on court and tribunal decisions as well as legislative and policy developments in Alberta and beyond.
Learn more about how to access cannabis for medical purposes.
Ask an Expert: Cannabis Legalisation with Abby Deshman The video topics in the YouTube series are:
- Cannabis and the U.S. Border
- Cannabis Legalisation
- Cannabis and the Home
- When Cannabis is Legal or Illegal
- Cannabis and the Workplace
- Cannabis and Driving
- Public education resources
- The legalization and regulation of cannabis
- Adult possession of cannabis
- Laws in your area
- Identifying legal cannabis products
- Travelling with cannabis
- Consuming cannabis
- Cannabis health effects
- Growing cannabis
- Access to cannabis for medical purposes
- Funding for cannabis public education and research
- Drug-impaired driving
Information about cannabis, process of legalization, cannabis in provinces and territories, and driving laws.
This brochure is designed as a resource to provide you with the information you need about cannabis along with some effective tools to help you set the stage for a conversation about cannabis and engage in productive discussions with your teen about cannabis and other substance use. The brochure was produced by Drug Free Kids Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction,
It’s never safe to drive impaired. Provincial penalties, criminal offenses, legal limits… what does it really mean to drive impaired? What happens at a roadside stop? Do you have any rights when police suspect you of driving impaired? A Youtube production from BearPaw Legal.