Alberta’s AGLC has taken regulatory action against at least 25 cannabis growers and retailers since legalization began on October 17, 2018.
The AGLC, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission regulates alcoholic beverage, recreational cannabis, and gaming-related activities.
The action taken ranges from warnings to large monetary fines or licence suspensions for a range of infractions like failing to comply with security standards, violating advertising restrictions, failing to properly report company acquisitions, failing to check ID and, in three cases for selling to minors.
More than $90,000 in fines were issued to cannabis growers and retailers.
Three of the cannabis companies involved were cannabis growers, while the rest were retailers. One cannabis grower was fined $10,000.00 for a failure to comply with the province’s cannabis advertising or promotions policies. The most costly fine was $36,282.40 against a cannabis company for violating the province’s rule that a supplier cannot give a loan, an advance, an offer of money, rebate, or concession to a licensee. Another cannabis grower was fined $6,443.00 for this.
Eight warnings were issued. Three times fines for selling cannabis or a cannabis accessory to a minor were issued, ranging from $7,500-$10,000.00.
A full list of regulatory observations and actions can be found here.
At least 80 actions taken in the same time frame were related to alcohol retailers or companies, or gaming companies, for a variety of violations from selling to minors, failing to ask for ID, to manufacturing or other regulatory violations.