Yukon Communities Getting Ready To Roll With Legal Pot

Article by CBC News

Yukon communities getting ready to roll with legal pot 'We’re already looking at our existing bylaws and trying to identify where changes need to be made'. Until the Yukon government has a plan for distribution, municipalities are left waiting and wondering what their next steps should be. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

The promised legalization of marijuana next year has some small municipalities in Yukon looking ahead, and wondering what their role will be.

“What concerns us right now is the timelines,” said Diana Rogerson, the president of the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC).

“We know from a municipal perspective that we are going to have to look at revising existing bylaws, or creating new bylaws and policies.”

The federal government has promised to legalize cannabis use by July. The territories and provinces have to decide what the rules should be in their individual jurisdictions.

So far the AYC has been in talks with the Yukon government, Rogerson said. But until the territory has a plan for distribution, the municipalities are left waiting and wondering what their next steps should be.

“That work is really dependant to a large extent on what the territorial distribution model’s going to look like,” she said.

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