Article by Rignam Wangkhang, CBC News
An online survey on marijuana legalization is receiving a record response in the Northwest Territories, garnering 710 submissions in just eight days — making it the most popular public engagement ever.
“Our response to the cannabis online engagement has been pretty outstanding to this point,” said Mark Aitken, the assistant deputy minister (attorney general) for the territory’s Department of Justice.
The territorial government-issued survey is gauging citizen opinion on a variety of pot-related issues, as federal legislation gives local governments leeway to create its own rules and regulations around pot.
The survey is anonymous, and whatever its results, the territorial government will have to have a new legislation in place by July, 2018.
Questions on minimum age, access in communities
Thoughts vary on what pot policy should look like in the North.
The survey includes concerns about road safety and the minimum age of pot consumption — which cannot be under 18, according to the federal government.
It also asks questions on whether remote communities should have the option to restrict access.
On the retail side, the survey offers two options: restricting sales of marijuana through a liquor commission or taking a hands-off approach and allowing sales to be treated like tobacco.