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  • The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Calls for Competitive Process for Determining Cannabis Retailers

    Update: May 31, 2018

    Bill 6: Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act

    Part 2: Cannabis Stores

    5. (1) "The Minister shall, where the Minister considers it to be in the public interest, designate a person to act as a vendor in a particular community for the operation of a cannabis store and the sale of cannabis in that community."

    (1.1) "The Minister shall, within six months after the coming into force of this subsection, recommend that the Commissioner make regulations prescribing criteria to guide the Minister in considering whether the designation of a person as a vendor is in the public interest"

    For Media Coverage of the debate:

    CBC. (2018). N.W.T. MLAs to give liquor stores a head start, but will allow private stores to sell legal cannabis. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/n-w-t-mlas-to-give-liquor-stores-a-head-start-but-will-allow-private-stores-to-sell-legal-cannabis-1.4686169

    In The Media:

    CBC. (May 31, 2018). Key vote on legalizing cannabis in the N.W.T. set for today. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/key-vote-on-legalizing-cannabis-in-the-n-w-t-set-for-today-1.4686169

    CBC. (May 28, 2018). Questions remain as N.W.T. Legislature set to debate marijuana bill. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/legal-marijuana-legislation-nwt-1.4679156

    CBC. (May 28, 2018). Debate over private cannabis sales leaves MLAs at odds with N.W.T. justice minister. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/private-retail-cannabis-debate-nwt-legislature-1.4681562

    Update: May 3rd & 4th 2018

    Our Executive Director, Deneen Everett, presented to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and the Standing Committee on Social Development at the Yellowknife Public Meeting on May 3rd, 2018.

    You can watch our presentation below.


    We also made a written submission, which you can read here.

    Media Coverage for the Yellowknife Public Meeting

    CBC. (May 4, 2018). Cannabis a business opportunity for Yellowknifers, consultation meeting hears. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-pot-consultation-tour-1.4648317


    Our formal position is that the territorial government should regulate the private retail of cannabis, and if licenses are going to be issued for cannabis retail, Yellowknife entrepreneurs should have the opportunity to apply for these licenses and operate within the chosen regulatory framework.

    Download our April 5th, 2018 Press Release here.

    Download our letter to Minister Sebert and Members of the 18th Legislative Assembly here.

    Download the response we received from Minister of Justice, Louis Sebert here.


    Bill 6, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act (February 28th, 2018) can be viewed here.

    The GNWT has provided a summary of the key points proposed in the legislation, which can be viewed here.