Yukon legalization plan to include public/private retail model

The Yukon intends to have at least one government-run retail store, as well as an online option in time for July 2018 as it works out its plans on how to manage legal cannabis by next year. Long term, the territory intends to have a...

The Yukon intends to have at least one government-run retail store, as well as an online option in time for July 2018 as it works out its plans on how to manage legal cannabis by next year. Long term, the territory intends to have a hybrid public/private retail model with distribution and online sales managed by the territorial government.

A minimum age of 19 for purchase, possession and home cultivation is a part of the proposed regulations, which the government is asking the public for feedback on until Dec. 20.

Yukon Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee and Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost announced on Monday, Nov 20 that the territory plans to introduce a public/private hybrid retail model, with distribution run by the territory. The government intends to have one government store in place by July 2018, most likely in Whitehorse, and an online retail model. Home growing cannabis up to four plants will be allowed and the minimum age of consumption under the proposed plan will be 19. 

"Providing for a hybrid retail model," said Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee, "Yukoners will have legal access to cannabis upon federal legalization next year. Our approach acknowledges the need for additional time to develop regulations, including a licensing system for private retail, that will reflect Yukon's interests and values."

The co-location of alcohol and cannabis will not be allowed under the proposed regulations. The results of Yukon's public engagement are available here.

Yukon’s public survey ended on Sept 30. 70% of respondents supported the idea of the Government of Yukon overseeing or managing the distribution of cannabis. 51 per cent favoured allowing sales of cannabis using a mixture of government and private retail stores, with only 19% favouring only government stores and 24% favouring only private.

The government of Yukon is seeking feedback from the public, which can be sent to: cannabis@gov.yk.ca by Dec 20 2017. More information available here.

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