Future of cannabis lounges in Edmonton remains up in the air

The future of cannabis consumption lounges or cafes in Edmonton will rely on regulations by higher levels of government, according to a report to be discussed by a city committee next week.

In November, city administration was tasked with looking into what it would take for cannabis lounges to be allowed to set up in Edmonton. The request came following the legalization of cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals on Oct. 17, 2019.

According to the report, any changes to the city’s current cannabis regulations, or implementation of new regulations, must align with federal and provincial legislation.

The Alberta government and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) have not yet developed regulations for such cafes and lounges, according to city administration.

“As such, cannabis consumption lounges or cafes (smoking and/or edibles) are not allowed in Alberta,” according to the report.

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance spokesperson Jerrica Goodwin said Friday the government is not currently considering changes to the existing legislation to include cannabis lounges or cafes.

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