Is legal marijuana a good idea for Nunavut?

As the federal government moves toward legalizing marijuana, Nunavummiut are divided about the impact that the move may have on their territory.

During last year's federal election campaign, the Liberals pledged to legalize pot, as several countries and U.S. states have done.

Pot smokers in Nunavut say it's great news.

"I smoke it on streets. I smoke it everywhere I want," says Corianna Manitok, 23. The Igloolik resident says she spends $2,000 per month on weed, but dreams of a cheaper buzz with legalization.

"It's kinda hard for the user to have an addiction like that and pay for what they have to eat," she said.

Nunavut defence lawyer James Morton said there's no doubt trafficking pot is lucrative for the territory's dealers. But marijuana is well down the list of problems that turn up in Nunavut's court system. Morton said alcohol is by far a bigger problem. He'd like to see pot legalized and...

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