Nunavummiut will not be able to grow cannabis in their homes, if the territory’s Cannabis Act passes into law as it is currently proposed.
Bill 7 was introduced to the Legislative Assembly for a first reading on May 24. Next week, it is expected to receive a second reading — at which point it is likely the Minister of Finance, David Akeeagok, will speak to the bill.
The bill will likely then pass to a standing committee for further review.
The Cannabis Act was drafted based on what the territorial government heard during community consultations, according to Dan Carlson, assistant deputy minister for the Department of Finance.
One of the biggest things they heard was that people didn’t want marijuana being grown in people’s homes, because it would normalize pot use for youth and increase the risk of damage to housing units from mould or fire.