Alberta’s recreational pot-shop rules a pain in the bud, industry insider says

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Albertans hoping to learn whether or not cannabis could help their aches and pains won’t get any answers from employees at recreational retail cannabis stores. Once cannabis is legalized, pot shop employees will not be allowed to give medical advice or guidance to consumers. If consumers ask which strain of cannabis might be best to manage arthritis pain, for example, employees must refer them to their doctors or other health-care practitioners. The guidelines are part of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission’s SellSafe cannabis staff training, a mandatory program for anyone who plans to work in the recreational cannabis industry. The rule creates an unfortunate separation between the medical and recreational cannabis worlds, an industry professional says, one that could prove confusing and frustrating, especially for older consumers who don’t know much about cannabis but want to easily access the drug for pain and other health issues. “The only other option is to go through the medical system, which is very fearful for a lot of 50-plus people,” said Lana Syms, a self-employed retail consultant in the medical cannabis industry. “They’re not aware of the ease of which you can get a medical prescription now and they’ve just been waiting for recreational to happen. Alberta’s recreational pot-shop rules a pain in the bud, industry insider says

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