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What you need to know to start a legal Canadian cannabis grow-op

If Yellowknife's Jason Harker is successful in his quest to get a licence to produce cannabis, he'll become one of the first people to enter the industry in the Northwest Territories, if not the entire North.

CBC News looked into what exactly a person needs to do in order to receive approval to run a grow-op in Canada.

What do I need to do to get licensed?

Shirley Toms, a regulatory consultant who works for Cannabis Compliance Inc., compares the process to a "4D matrix." Here's what's in that matrix:


Construction to start this summer on N.W.T.'s 1st cannabis production facility

The man who aims to become one of the Northwest Territories' first players in Canada's fledgling cannabis industry hopes to break ground on his new facility this summer.

Jordan Harker wants to grow and make cannabis products, such as oil and edibles, in Yellowknife's Engle Business District.

To do this, he needs a cultivation licence and a processing licence from Health Canada, security clearance from the RCMP and development permits from the City of Yellowknife.

Harker, who has not settled on a name for his company, passed what he calls an "important milestone" this week, when he received warm reception about his plans from Yellowknife city council.​


Weed, roads, shelters and employment top of mind after N.W.T. budget revealed

Money in the latest budget that's allocated to go to five shelters in the N.W.T. will go a long way to help people in need, says the executive director of the local YWCA.


Federal government provides funding for cannabis public education in the NWT

The Government of Canada is looking to enhance cannabis-related public education in the Northwest Territories with a more than $1.8 million funding injection over three years under Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

“This funding will support the Government of the Northwest Territories in developing and delivering a comprehensive and interactive cannabis public education campaign,” notes a press release issued by Health Canada.


N.W.T pot legislation could set rules for mail order marijuana, local prohibition

Community governments in the Northwest Territories will have the control over cannabis distribution that the government of the Northwest Territories gives them.

This was the message from N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod and Liberal MP Bill Blair. Blair, the federal government's representative on legal cannabis, was in Yellowknife Wednesday evening for a public meeting hosted by McLeod. 

He assured the about 40 people who came out to hear what he and McLeod had to say that the territorial government will have the authority to define and control distribution in the North.


Marijuana legalization meeting draws big crowd, lots of questions, in Inuvik

A crowd of people loaded with questions and curiosity about marijuana legalization packed an information session in Inuvik on Monday, pushing the meeting beyond its two-hour time-frame.

Jennifer, who declined to give her last name, says one of her main concerns is the quality of the cannabis.

"I'd like to know what ingredients would be present, say for example with a packet of cigarettes, you flip it to the side and you know what exactly you are smoking," she said. 

"I want to know what's in there."

Jennifer says one of her main concerns is the quality of the cannabis. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC)

She was one of about 20 people who showed up to the session put on by the territorial government.


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.


How Will Legalization Impact Canada's Northern Territories?

Most of the discussion around legalization has been centered on the provinces, but how will it affect the northern territories differently?

When the government begins to digest the marijuana legalization task force’s report, the feedback they will be reading will come from numerous stakeholders — from individual citizens, to activist groups, health professionals, and municipal, provincial, and territorial governments, to name a few.

We’ve covered a lot of issues arising from many of these groups, but we’ve not yet discussed in  depth the issues facing Canada’s territories.

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