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Term: Cannabis in Alberta

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Cannabis in Alberta became legalized on October 17, 2018 following the coming into force of federal Bill C-45. Production, distribution and consumption of cannabis had been prohibited in Canada since 1923. While some other provinces distribute cannabis through publicly owned retail monopolies, Alberta allows private companies to sell cannabis at licensed retail storefronts. Private retailers must purchase cannabis from the provincial wholesaler, the AGLC. The Alberta government is the sole e-commerce marketplace for cannabis sales within the province.

In contrast with slow rollouts in provinces such as Ontario, Alberta currently has the most cannabis dispensaries per capita in Canada. The province's successful implementation of legalization has led to some outlets describing it as the "pot capital of Canada."

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