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What's New

Alberta expects to licence 250 cannabis stores in first year

Regulations released today outline who can own cannabis stores, where they can be located, rules for staff, safety and security requirements, and other operational details for private retailers. While the regulations will be established provincewide, municipalities will have the ability to adjust certain regulations.

Retailing: Read More

Regulations: Read More

Store Licences

Cannabis Store Handbook

Cannabis Worker Requirements

New ALSA

Partner - Purolator

We are delighted to advise that Purolator and ALSA have struck a new agreement resulting in some substantial savings on delivery costs. All ALSA members are encouraged to review the program and sign up for savings. Just follow the directions on the attached document and let Purolator know you would like to participate in savings up to 67% on their standard rates.

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Sign Up Online

From AGLC: In-store Tasting Policy

Effective March 2018 

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) recently concluded a

review of the liquor tasting policy, which included an evaluation of existing

policy as well as consultations with industry associations.

As a result of this review, a number of changes were made to the tasting policy.  

 

If you have any questions regarding the amendment to policy, please contact

the AGLC Compliance Branch at Inspections.mailbox@aglc.ca.

 

Specific areas where amendments were made or new policies introduced include:

  • Definition of a liquor tasting;

  • Tasting servers required to have ProServe certification;

  • Changes to maximum tasting sizes;

  • Agencies permitted to bring unfinished product to a tasting with prior

  • approval of the licensee;

  • Required information needed when conducting a tasting;

  • Increase in maximum staffing costs from $20 to $25 per hour;

  •  Allow licensees to charge customers for cost recovery on items such as

  • the liquor product, complementary food items and staffing costs; and

  • Clarification of what the licensee’s cost of a product entails.

  

New MasterCard Fee

Effective May 1, 2018, Mastercard will introduce a Digital Commerce Development Fee of 0.02% 

Details Here

AGLC Announces New CEO

ALSA is very happy to share that Alain Maisonneuve has been announced as the new CEO of the AGLC. 

“Alain brings a steady hand to the helm of a complex organization. His first-hand experience and deep knowledge of the organization and its stakeholders will ensure stability in the system and provide industry with the confidence it requires moving forward. Alain has gained the respect and support from all liquor stakeholders in Alberta and we look forward to working with him.”

             - Ivonne Martinez, President, ALSA

Changes to Special Event Licenses

Final details on the new Special Event License policy have been released.

All can now apply online to receive their license and liquor retailers are no longer relied upon to issue licenses

Full details here.

ALSA WELCOMES PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR CANNABIS

LEGALIZATION

Press Release from president Ivonne Martinez

New Partner Announcement

ATB Group Financial Benefits Program
Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada - Report is complete.

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The final report is complete, details can be found on the government website for the taskforce.

Alternatively download full report here.

Extensive benefits on personal banking including chequing accounts, annual savings accounts, ATB Mastercard, personal borrowing and investment plans. 

Special Friendship Pays bonus of $350.00 with new chequing accounts and up to $150.00 for friend referral.  

For more information about the benefits included in this

package please contact ALSA Member Services or your Group Financial Services

Operations and Sales Support Specialist or call (403) 974-2625.

  

Breaking News

National Post

Op-Ed - July 5 2018

It's time for Ontario to step into the present and follow Alberta's lead on booze

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From the City of Edmonton Cannabis Legalization Team

The City of Edmonton will begin accepting additional development permit applications for cannabis retail sales by email on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 28, 2018 at 8AM.

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Alberta expects to licence 250 cannabis stores in first year

Regulations released today outline who can own cannabis stores, where they can be located, rules for staff, safety and security requirements, and other operational details for private retailers. While the regulations will be established provincewide, municipalities will have the ability to adjust certain regulations.

Retailing: Read More

Regulations: Read More

Store Licences

Cannabis Store Handbook

Cannabis Worker Requirements

Liquor store association wants quick end to Alberta-B.C. trade war

#BCWINE

Rachel Notley has banned the import of BC Wine into Alberta.

 

BC wines account for a significant amount of liquor sales in Alberta.  Last year over 1.4 million cases of BC wines were sold by our liquor retailers, worth about $70 million.  This will definitely affect the sales volume in many stores and ALSA hopes this trade dispute can be resolved expeditiously.

 

In the meantime, our members will continue to serve Albertans and will be happy to recommend wine options from other Canadian jurisdictions and from around the world.  With the widest selection of liquor and wine products in Canada…over 24,000 available in Alberta, retailers can take this opportunity to highlight the amazing range of products in Alberta.

 

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ALSA shares impact boycott will have on retailers.

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Edmonton Journal Rebuttal

 Alberta Liquor Store Association rebuttal to Edmonton Journal Editorial, January 19th, 2018 

By Ivonne Martinez

 

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As in the Edmonton Journal 

Moneris Update:

Visa Stored Credential Transaction Framework 
 
  

 

Visa recently introduced the new Stored Credential Transaction Framework for merchant-initiated transactions and cardholder-initiated transactions. The Framework forms part of the Visa Rules. 

 

Overview: Read More

Payment Update: Read More

2018 Connect Logistics Service Rate Structure 

The Board of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) has approved the 2018 rate structure proposed by Connect Logistics Services, Inc. (Connect). 

ALSA MEMBERS REMAIN BEST OPTION FOR SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE CANNABIS RETAILING

ALSA is looking forward to participating in the debate on this important legislation and further demonstrating to all Albertans that private liquor retailers are best suited to safely and responsible sell legalized cannabis products.

Cannabis Legislation: Read More
ALSA Statement: Read More

Marijuana to be sold through private stores in Manitoba

Recent Policy Change:

Licensed Theatres

Effective immediately, licensed theatres have the option of selling liquor in the seating area of their premises. The seating area of a theatre no longer has to be minors prohibited.  All licensed theatres have received a policy bulletin outlining this change.

Non-Medical Cannabis

Alberta Liquor Stores have been preparing for this moment since 1993 

For over two decades, the members of the Alberta Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) have been selling alcohol, the only legal controlled substance in Canada, safely and responsibly in the Province. 

We have a proven record of safely delivering alcohol to Albertans daily, thanks to trained staff, responsible marketing communications and genuine connections to the communities we live and operate in. This is our home too and we want to make sure our children are protected and that controlled substances, whether alcohol or recreational marijuana, are distributed and sold safely. 

ALSA believes the current Alberta Liquor Model, which provides for public distribution oversight and government-regulated private retail stores meets the main policy objectives of the Alberta Government: 

Keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth • Protect public health • Promote safety on roads, in workplaces and in public spaces • Limit the illegal cannabis market 

Read More Here

Full ALSA Submission to Cannabis Secretariat

Study on Crash Fatality Rates after Cannbis Legalization in WA and CO

Colorado on Cannabis: Studies after legalization

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