NWT communities not ready for legal marijuana, says Sahtu MLA

There are more questions than answers as the Government of the Northwest Territories readies itself to introduce new cannabis legislation within the year, in light of federal marijuana legalization.

But one thing is certain for Danny McNeely, MLA for the Sahtu.

"They're not ready," McNeely said. "There has never been any community consultation other than social media articles that have been exposed via the paper, or other means, [like] on Facebook."

What about prohibition?

Some small communities in the N.W.T. have strict alcohol prohibitions or restrictions in place.

At a June 7 public meeting in Yellowknife, neither Louis Sebert, N.W.T. minister of justice, nor his advisors were able to say if those communities would be able to control cannabis distribution in the same way.

McNeely said communities will want to know the specifics of what legalized marijuana regulations will look like in the N.W.T. But specifics may be difficult for the GNWT...

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