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.
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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