Last Stop In Behchoko For N.W.T. Gov’t Cannabis Tour Of The Communities

Article by Walter Strong, CBC News 

Last stop in Behchoko for N.W.T. gov't cannabis tour of the communities A small turnout greeted government officials in Behchoko for an information session on legalized weed. A community member raises his hand for a question at a legalized cannabis information session in Behchoko, N.W.T., Wednesday evening.

Legal weed in the N.W.T. is all but a forgone conclusion. It becomes federal law next July.

Behchoko was the final stop on the territorial government’s legal cannabis community tour that touched down in nine communities over the past month to help inform Northerners about the pending legislation, and to gather information to help territorial lawmakers make sure N.W.T. laws reflect the needs and concerns of its people.

“The federal government can do their own thing, but we should have our own legislation within the territory that reflects on our Northern communities [and] our people,” said MLA Jackson Lafferty.

But made-in-the-North cannabis laws will face challenges, including possible limitations on just how much control communities will have over the supply of cannabis among their residents.

Behchoko Chief Clifford Daniels fears a mixed message for workers in his community when weed is legal during time off, but could get a person fired if they show up in the workplace with traces of drugs in their systems.

“Lots of people have been fired just due to having drugs in their system [after] drug testing at the mine sites,” Daniels said. “If this becomes legal, but the workplace might have different policies in place, which trumps?”

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