Needless to say, Canada is having a bit of a tricky time when it comes to marijuana legalization. Although the federal government officially legalized the drug in October 2018, provincial governments still hold the power to edit those laws as they see fit (to an extent). This has led to a variety of laws that range from mild to severe. In the case of the Northwest Territories, though, local lawmakers are a bit confused over how they should deal with marijuana laws in their province. Besides being one of the largest provinces in the country, the Northwest Territories happens to be one of the least populated in Canada, therefore it doesn’t have access to the same resources and people as Ontario, Quebec, or British Columbia. Let’s take a closer look at how the reserved wilderness of our neighbor to the north is handling marijuana policies and laws.

Cannabis Confusion

At this time, leaders across the Northwest Territories are discussing how residents will be impacted by the recently established marijuana laws. According to Paulatuk Mayor Raymond Ruben Sr., many people in these communities don’t fully understand how these regulations can be enforced, as indicated during a discussion in the capital of Yellowknife on Wednesday and Thursday (January 16 and 17, 2019). As Mayor Ruben indicated, residents of the Northwest Territories require education before the any community actions are taken. While they can maintain policies, they lack the resources to reinforce these laws.

Creating New Ideas for NWT

LAWMAKERS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT MARIJUANA LAWSDuring the Yellowknife conference, the NWT government sought to gain feedback for how these new marijuana policies impacted provincial communities. As part of the meeting at the Chateau Nova hotel, lawmakers also met with government officials of the Indigenous People to speak about opportunities for Natives to learn about how to manage marijuana laws. Ultimately, Lloyd Chicot (leader of the Kakisa) said that the majority of resources were highly effective, with the exception of confusion about laws in the workplace. Despite the uncertainty, though, officials have stated that this meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for networking with members of the First Nations about marijuana legalization and uses in the Northwest Territories, overall.

Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder

Marijuana might be a beneficial drug for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses, but you have to understand that (like any other drug) this plant does have a potential for abuse or dependence. If you are suffering from opioid abuse or addiction of any sort, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of rehabilitation to help you separate yourself from these substances.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your marijuana use to the curb.