Legislation governing the sale of marijuana once it becomes legal July 1 will be introduced in the legislature next week.
Government-controlled online sales are meant to alleviate safety concerns raised by Albertans in response to the NDP’s planned marijuana framework, released Oct. 4, sources say.
The proposed hybrid system means private stores will bear the brunt of the financial risk, rather than taxpayers.
The province had been mulling over whether or not to set up publicly owned marijuana stores—a particularly thorny question for the union-friendly NDP government.
Ultimately, it rejected the idea.
Last month, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees adopted a resolution supporting the public control of marijuana sales.