Cannabis a business opportunity for Yellowknifers, consultation meeting hears

MLAs made their final stop in a string of public consultations on draft cannabis legislation Thursday in Yellowknife, and some residents echoed concerns that have been brought up on previous stops over the last two weeks.

“This is a chance for business development,” said Caroline Wawzonek, a lawyer and director with the N.W.T. Chamber of Commerce. She said the chamber doesn’t want distribution to be limited to liquor stores.

A legislative committee, consisting of regular MLAs, have been touring the territory, hitting 17 communities in 11 days. They’re asking residents what they think of the draft cannabis legislation. Yellowknife was the final stop, and now the MLAs will have to come up with a list of recommendations. 

The legislation includes a minimum age of 19 years old for the purchase, consumption and possession of cannabis.

As well, the liquor commission will be in charge for the import and sale

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