Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) will not sell cannabis vaporizers to licensed pot retailers in January as expected, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
“AGLC and government are considering various aspects related to cannabis vape products to determine whether or not they will be available for consumer purchase in Alberta,” said Heather Holmen, AGLC spokeswoman, in an email.
“We continue to expect that edibles, extracts and topicals (EET) will be available to order in January, with the exception of vape products (at this time).”
Ms. Holmen referenced recent reports about negative health effects from vaping.
“Some things being considered include public health impacts and reducing the illicit market. As a result, vape products will not be available in the initial launch of EET’s in Alberta,” she said.
Quebec announced in November that it was banning vaping products until further notice, and Newfoundland and Labrador followed with a similar move earlier this month.
Earlier Thursday the federal government said it will ban all promotions of vaping products in spaces where young people could see them, including social media, in response to rapidly rising rates of teen e-cigarette use.