Article by Alec Salloum, CBC News
As the legalization of recreational marijuana draws closer, the Saskatchewan government has yet to unveil its plan to regulate the sale and use of pot.
So far, every other province and territory, aside from Nunavut, has put forward a proposed plan as to how recreational marijuana will be sold, licensed and distributed.
When asked when the province will be unveiling a plan on pot, the government of Saskatchewan said it could not provide a specific timeline for when legislation and regulations will be announced, but said it “is working to ensure the province is ready for July 2018.”
With six months to go until July 1, municipalities are looking for answers as to what cannabis legalization will look like and what bylaws will need to be brought in.
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is urging the provincial government to release information.
SUMA president Gordon Barnhart said without the go-ahead from the province, its impossible for municipalities to prepare bylaws in time.
“We don’t know, for example, the age that will be required, or the method sale, or the method of production,” said Barnhart.
“If we had some indication as to what the plans are, municipalities could at least start putting the pieces together.”
Barnhart said municipalities must know where cannabis will be sold and how close the stores can be to other retailers. He said myriad zoning issues are presented.