Dates for Community Public Engagement on Cannabis Legalization

YELLOWKNIFE (September 8, 2017) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is hosting public meetings during the month of September to continue gathering input from NWT residents on cannabis legalization.

The input collected at the public engagement sessions will build on the responses already received from the online cannabis survey. Together, the information gathered will help guide the GNWT as we make specific plans, including developing the new legislation that will be needed for cannabis.

The GNWT is committed to having effective measures in place to protect the health and safety of our people and communities and wants to hear from Northerners on the best ways to do it.

Sessions will be held in the following communities:

Inuvik   - Monday, September 11

Mackenzie Hotel - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tsiigehtchic –Tuesday, September 12

Chief Paul Niditchie School – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Norman Wells – Wednesday, September 13

Heritage Hotel – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Yellowknife – Thursday, September 14

Explorer Hotel - 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Meetings have already taken place in Fort Simpson and Fort Liard and are also being planned for Fort Smith, Hay River and Behchokǫ. Time and location will communicated at a later date.

Those who wish to participate in a meeting in an NWT official language other than English are asked to contact (867) 767-9158 or email cannabislegalization@gov.nt.ca.

Any residents who are unable to attend a community meeting but wish to provide input please send comments by email to cannabislegalization@gov.nt.ca or complete the online survey at https://www.eia.gov.nt.ca/en/cannabis-legislation.