Ensuring Compliance via Age Gates
Age gates play a vital role on retailer websites in accordance with the Cannabis Act, serving as a preventive measure against minors accessing cannabis-related content or products online.
Once implemented, Age Gates function as digital barriers within a website's framework, requiring users to self-attest their age before gaining access.
Certain web builder platforms feature built-in age gate widgets/plugins, while others, like Squarespace, require the use of external applications.
Step-by-step Guide: How to Create an Elfsight Age Gate + Add it to your Website.
Note: Squarespace was used in this demo.
Elfsight offers a free trial plan supporting up to 200 views, with a subscription option priced at $5 US per month for unlimited views. This subscription is ad-free and provides expanded customization possibilities.
Note: This is NOT the same as a Hard Age Gate, which WAS required in Alberta according to provincial regulations set by AGLC. ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALBERTA RETAILERS*** Effective Friday, October 13th, 2023: AGLC has amended its policy interpretation regarding reasonable age-verification steps for online retail cannabis sales. Retailers can now use self-attestation as a sufficient age-gating procedure for their websites and social media content.