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The city wants your input on cannabis stores

The City of Yellowknife is asking residents for their opinions on cannabis stores in the city. In addition to the existing federal and territorial regulations around cannabis retail, the city's role is to decide where...
If the city adopts a 100 metre buffer zone between cannabis retailers and sensitive locations, all there would a prohibition of cannabis retailers in the blue highlighted zone. Courtesy of City of Yellowknife

City to consider ‘buffer zones’ on cannabis retail

City council will soon consider what kind of regulatory framework will surround private sales of cannabis in the city. At a Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on May 6, council and Mayor Rebecca Alty heard administration’s recommendations on a buffer zone between retailers and sensitive areas such as schools, daycares and hospitals. The territorial government’s...

Go green? Go local

Yellowknife, during its formative years, was not just pulling gold out of the ground but carrots too. Back in the 1940s and ’50s, many homes had garden patches out back, or out front, or on whatever side of the yard had better sun. At one time, Bevan’s Farm, where the Multiplex and Fieldhouse now exist,...
Jordan Harker, the man proposing to build a cannabis facility in Yellowknife, stood before city council Monday to answer questions about how the venture would operate. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Council supports proposed cannabis ‘green’ house

Several councillors are praising a proposed cannabis production facility in the Engle business district at a Governance and Priories Committee meeting March 11. Jordan Harker, the developer behind the project, said the facility will produce competitively priced products and would create roughly 12 full-time jobs and 20 to 25 part-time positions. Specifically, council and administration...

Health Canada releases proposed guidelines for cannabis edibles

The federal government is holding a public consultation on the regulation of cannabis products, including edibles. Health Canada released the proposed regulations today, which recommend 10mg of THC per package of cannabis edibles. For cannabis extracts, 10 mg of THC per unit, pill or capsule is recommended, with a maximum of 1000mg of THC per...

Clearing up confusion about consuming cannabis

When the Government of Canada legalized recreational cannabis Oct. 17, some residents were left confused about where they are allowed to consume the substance. As of now, Inuvik is following the consumption location limitations outlined in the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) legislation.   Smoking cannabis in locations frequented by children, such as playgrounds,...

Inuvik Liquor Store will not sell cannabis

Cannabis is legal in Canada, as of Oct. 17, but the Inuvik Liquor Store will not sell it, unlike its counterparts in Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson and Norman Wells. Selling cannabis on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) would have minimal benefits and several risks associated with it, according...
Justin Melville, examines the first legally purchased Cannabis in the territory. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

Cannabis craziness in Yellowknife

The wait outside the liquor store, the only physical location selling cannabis in the capital, started at 6 a.m. this morning with resident Justin Melville at front. “I’m not really a big user, I’m here for the novelty of it really,” said Melville. “Life is a series of stories so I wanted to be a...
Cannabis paraphernalia on display inside the Yellowknife Liquor Shop. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

YK set for cannabis sales

As the clock strikes midnight tonight, so comes the legalization of cannabis across the nation. Anyone in the city that is over the age of 19 will be able to buy up to 30 grams of cannabis from the uptown Liquor Shop on Borden Drive once the store opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. Cannabis...

GNWT lays out plans for legal pot sales

A gram of legal weed in NWT will cost between $8.21 and $14.55, depending on the strain. At a public briefing on the GNWT’s plan for pot sales and distribution on Wednesday, MLAs heard that the territorial government has set prices for about 100 different cannabis products, including blends with such whimsical names as Chocolope,...
Despite marijuana's looming legalization, many still face pot charges that are before the courts. Lingering charges won't go up in smoke on Oct. 17, but Crown prosecutors are looking at some pot offences differently in light of legalization. Sept. 10, 2018.

As legalization looms, outstanding pot charges still linger

In less than six weeks, it will be legal to buy and possess marijuana. But possession charges will remain before the courts. That was made clear in a Yellowknife courtroom recently, when a 41-year-old man appeared before a territorial judge to answer to a pair of charges laid following a vehicle stop on Feb. 9....
Sara Murphy, 28, poses for picture inside Harley's Hard Rock Saloon on Thursday. NNSL file photo

Pot business to open downtown at end of month

Sara Handley, 29, (formerly Murphy) is owner and operations manager of Premium MJ. She is preparing for the anticipated demand of cannabis products with the business. Over the summer, she was able to purchase a new building in the downtown area, the location of which she is yet to make public. The operation will provide...
Edward Eggenberger, owner of the uptown Liquor Shop, which will be selling legal cannabis, is still without a contract from the GNWT or a business license from the city. With about a month to go before the GNWT will be selling marijuana to the public, details remain vague on a number of aspects of the product's delivery. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL

Liquor retailer still waiting on business licence

The sole private liquor distributor in Yellowknife is set to sell cannabis on Oct. 17, but this week said he is yet to obtain a business licence from the city or a contract to sell from the GNWT. “I have applied for a business licence, but the city has not been able to give me...

Business group wants piece of legal pot pie

If Ottawa is going to legalize it, NWT should privatize it. That was the message the Northwest Territories business community had for MLAs on Thursday night. During a public meeting at the legislative assembly building, both the Yellowknife and NWT chambers of commerce urged a joint committee of regular MLAs to allow business people to...

More education, less cannabis use

In 1965, approximately half of Canadians smoked cigarettes. That number dropped to 13 per cent by 2015, according to a report on tobacco use in Canada from the University of Waterloo. That 37 per cent drop over 50 years can likely be credited to a better public understanding about the harms of smoking cigarettes. We...

Inuvik looks for answers on cannabis law enforcement

Enforcement of new cannabis legalization was one of the main issues highlighted at a public meeting held in Inuvik to discuss cannabis legalization April 30. The Standing Committee on Government Operations and the Standing Committee on Social Development facilitated the public meeting to answer questions and get public input on cannabis legislation. The legislation being...

Inuvik needs to talk about cannabis legislation

At the town council meeting April 9, there was some discussion about how cannabis legislation in Inuvik should be dealt with. Should people be able to smoke cannabis in public, or only in their homes? Should they be allowed to smoke in public, but not near facilities such as the library or the recreation centre?...