Yukon plans to license private businesses to sell marijuana

(Update: Yukon’s cannabis legislation will allow for private retail through a licensing regime.) 

Recreational marijuana will be sold to anyone 19 or older at privately-owned stores under Yukon’s detailed proposal announced Nov. 20.

Consumption will be limited to private residences.

Hotel use will not be permitted, nor will lounges, but the territory says there is potential to allow consumption in other spaces “in the future.”

What you need to know:

  • The territory is accepting feedback on the proposed rules until Dec. 20.
  • Yukon is a relatively small marijuana market, with a population that includes only about 25,000 adults.
  • Yukoners will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis.
  • Up to four plants will be allowed per household.
  • Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are going with publicly owned marijuana monopolies, while Manitoba, Alberta and possibly Newfoundland and British Columbia are handing marijuana sales to the private sector.

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