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Marijuana consultation open to public

(Government of Yukon)

The Yukon government is asking for input on the territory's future marijuana legislation as the country prepares for the July 1st deadline.

The Yukon Government is looking for public input on upcoming cannabis legislation.

The federal government is legalizing pot as of July 1st of next year, and the provinces and territories are developing their own rules as to how that will be implemented.

Yukon Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee says the seven-part survey will be conducted until September 30th online, over the phone, and in written form and look for insight in a variety of areas.

"What kind of policy should we have here? How and where should we be able to purchase? Where can cannabis be used, whether it's privately or publicly? If individuals want to grow plants in their home, what should be the limit on the number of plants?"

Once the consultation is complete, McPhee says input will be used to determine the new legislation. 

"Those responses, which will all be confidential by the way, I want to stress that for folks, those will be compiled into a report which will be issued and those answers will definitely inform how we're going to go forward with the drafting of legislation which will take place during the Fall and into the Winter."

McPhee says the government's priorities are to provide legal and controlled access to reduce criminal activity, provide health, safety and harm reduction among youth, as well as education. 

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