Whitehorse Daily Star

Government seeks input on cannabis legalization

Yukoners are invited to participate in a public survey to identify their needs and values about the coming legalization of cannabis (marijuana).

By Whitehorse Star on August 10, 2017

Yukoners are invited to participate in a public survey to identify their needs and values about the coming legalization of cannabis (marijuana).

The survey results will help inform the Yukon government as it creates new territorial legislation.

Cannabis will be legal across the country by July 2018.

It’s now up to the Yukon to make decisions about where and how it will be sold, where it can be consumed, and how to address the coming marijuana-impaired driving dangers and workplace safety.

The survey can be completed online or by phone at 1-866-527-8266.

A printed version is available at local territorial agent offices and at the main administration building in Whitehorse. The survey is open until Sept. 30.

“Yukoners’ views about the legalization of cannabis are needed,” Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said today.

“I encourage everyone to take the survey and provide us with their feedback, which will help inform the government about how our Yukon legislation should be developed.”

The Yukon government said its decisions will be guided by the following principles:

• Provide for legal, controlled access to cannabis that displaces illegal and criminal activity; and

• Prioritize public health, safety and harm reduction, with a focus on protecting youth from negative health effects.

The Yukon government will also engage in consultation with stakeholders. Those include First Nations, municipal governments, the business community and non-governmental associations.

“As our government creates new cannabis laws and regulations, our focus will be on public health and safety measures,” said Pauline Frost, the minister of Health and Social Services.

“It is important to gather Yukoners’ views and values about cannabis as we develop future health and prevention campaigns.”

Comments (14)

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Nile on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

I wonder which Liberal diner/insider will get the sweetheart deal out of this? We know they actually don't want our opinion and already know what they want to do. It's just for show.

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ProScience Greenie on Aug 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

Got harl - why the crazy high taxes? Most of us are not rich and money doesn't grow on trees.

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YukonMax on Aug 12, 2017 at 10:38 am

Aren't we still in legal limbo over the last time the Yukon Government sought our opinions? What's the point of the exercise this time?

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Zonker Harris Junior on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm

I'm a joker
I'm a smoker
I'm a midnight toker
I sure don't want to hurt no one

I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
I play my music in the sun

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Anie on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Here's a link to the survey. If it doesn't work just google yukon cannabis survey

http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/cannabis/

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Politico on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

To find survey
Google search "Yukon Government cannabis survey"
follow links

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Proscience Greenie on Aug 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Don't let the door hit your butt on the way out of the Yukon Ninni.

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Prescience Greenie on Aug 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

A mostly harmless plant enjoyed by many. That includes lots of conservative voters JC and others. Anyone with even the smallest libertarian streak knows it should be legalized.

Don't over-tax it Liberals or get all nanny state with the rules.

It is also a good time to end thus stupid intrusive workplace drug testing for weed use that detects up to a month back while booze and hard drug usage is undetectable after a few days. Employers have no business running our private off time as long as we show up to work rested and sober.

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This is challenging for government on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Look at the experiences of other places, in the world, where it has been, legal for some time, to get some understand of the impacts on our society going forward.
Wilf Carter

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Got harl on Aug 11, 2017 at 9:47 am

Don't drag this out.
Find a reasonable compromise with health Canada in regards to age and consumption amounts. Make that law.
Tax it at 30-50% and offer home grow permits at an inflated charge with monstrous and rigid safety regulations.
Put all tax revenue into healthcare, education and a small rebate cheque.

How are people still calling for more time? These are huge industries that can generate all sorts of revenue commonly estimated to be in the billions. This "we still don't have a plan" waiting game only benefits the ultra rich (current approved providers) and criminals (street dealers don't pay taxes). Continuing to be unprepared is not only costly, but it's also pretty embarrassing.

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JC on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:25 pm

For goodness sake, these questions haven't been answered yet. It takes up to 15 years to open a mine in the Yukon, but only about 2 years to legalize a drug that will destroy countless lives. That's Liberal planning at its best. Get it done before the next election to get the votes.

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Ninni on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Legalization?
Well, visiting Whitehorse these past three weeks and in every walk around this City that is all one smells is "pot" being smoked. And not medicinal either. Disgusted and thought it was bad in the large city of Vancouver but you have a bigger problem.

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Wondering on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm

You say "The survey can be completed online or by phone" I ask where is the link to the survey?

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moe on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Why do you repeatedly refer to surveys, then fail to post the link to the survey?

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