The Yukon government supports Ottawa’s proposed federal marijuana legalization and regulation.
The proposed legislation to legalize cannabis was tabled last Thursday in the House of Commons, just before the Easter long weekend began.
The territorial government said in a statement that day it will take the time to carefully review the various bills and begin the process of legalization.
“Protecting the safety of Yukoners is our top priority when it comes to the legalization of cannabis,” said Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.
“We will work closely with the other provinces and territories to develop a Canada-wide regime.
“Our collective goal is to ensure a safe, legal supply of cannabis while keeping it out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals.”
In preparation for the legalization of marijuana use by summer 2018, the Yukon government has established a working group.
Its mandate is to have a multi-departmental approach to ensure the government provides an integrated response to the issues raised by the legalization, regulation and restriction of the drug.
A sub-committee will be concentrating its efforts on developing a government-wide public education strategy.
“Our objective is to protect the well-being of Yukoners by ensuring cannabis products are regulated and lab-tested so they are safe to consume and free of harmful contaminants,” said Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost.
“Also, with future users in mind, we will be developing a specific public education strategy that will inform youth about the health risks of cannabis.”
The federal legislation proposes a national minimum age of purchase of 18, while permitting the territories and provinces to harmonize it with their minimum age for buying alcohol.
Canadians would have a maximum amount of marijuana they’d be legally allowed to purchase and would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants per household.
The current restrictions on public smoking of tobacco would extend to the smoking of marijuana.
Plain packaging would be required, and the legislation prohibits any product deemed to be “appealing to children and youth.”