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1 CN YK: Pro-Cannabis Respondents Smoke DissidentsFri, 10 Nov 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Blewett, Taylor Area:Yukon Territory Lines:128 Added:11/13/2017

A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use

A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason.

Those findings are in the results from the Yukon government's most successful survey ever in terms of participation numbers.

Nearly 3,200 responses to the introductory section of a YG public engagement survey on cannabis legalization were filed.

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2 CN YK: Yukon Premier Says Local Pot Shops Will Be Ready To Go By JulyFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:132 Added:10/06/2017

Territorial government still deciding between private, public, hybrid models, Silver says

The Yukon's premier says he is confident the territory will have at least one brick-and-mortar shop selling cannabis when the drug becomes legal across Canada in July.

"There will be, in the Yukon, your ability to at least go into the liquor store here in Whitehorse - at the bare minimum," Silver said Oct. 4 after returning from the first ministers' meeting in Ottawa.

"We believe as we move forward we will have some kind of distribution ready to go at that time."

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3 CN YK: Survey Opens On Yukon's Pot PlansFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:98 Added:08/15/2017

Territory will likely have 'phased-in approach' to new weed laws

The territorial government wants to know what the public is looking for in upcoming marijuana legislation.

In an online survey, open until Sept. 30, the government is asking Yukoners to answer questions about where cannabis could be consumed in public, how it will be sold, the legal age for consumption, and whether any changes need to happen to the territory's occupational health and safety or driving laws.

It's all being done in anticipation of the federal legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018.

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4 CN YK: Territory Is Pursuing Its Own Cannabis LegislationTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Cohen, Sidney Area:Yukon Territory Lines:92 Added:06/13/2017

The Yukon government plans to have its own cannabis legislation in place when marijuana becomes legal across Canada in July 2018.

The territorial law could pave the way for a retail weed market in the territory, though the justice minister said it's too early to confirm whether the Yukon legislation will support brick-and-mortar dispensaries.

The purpose of the Yukon's legislation will be "to keep Yukoners safe, to restrict access to cannabis to youth, and remove profits that are related to organized crime," said minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

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5 CN YK: Opioid-Related Death Rate Called No SurpriseMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Blake, Emily Area:Yukon Territory Lines:117 Added:06/12/2017

The Yukon and British Columbia experienced the highest rates of apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada last year.

According to a new national report from the federal government, the territory and province had a rate of over 15 deaths per 100,000 population compared to a national rate of 8.8 in 2016.

"I don't think it's a surprise," Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon's chief medical officer, told the Star of the findings this morning.

He noted that the territory's high rates are driven by the five deaths officially linked to fentanyl since April 2016.

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6 CN YK: Details Of Marijuana Regulation Remain HazyFri, 16 Dec 2016
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Cohen, Sidney Area:Yukon Territory Lines:146 Added:12/19/2016

Legal weed may not be the "revenue cash cow" provinces and territories were hoping for, says the Yukon's assistant deputy minister of justice.

Legal weed may not be the "revenue cash cow" provinces and territories were hoping for, says the Yukon's assistant deputy minister of justice.

While the recreational marijuana market will open up new revenue streams, said Al Lucier, those dollars, at least in the early days, will be funneled into awareness and education campaigns, research and policy enforcement.

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7CN YK: Premiers Push For Pot PolicyTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Yukon Territory Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Provincial Leaders Call on Ottawa to Deliver Plan Soon So They Can Build Framework

Canada's premiers are signaling they need swift action from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids, motorists and criminals.

With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders say time is of the essence.

"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the Federation meeting.

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8 CN YK: Premiers Push For Pot PolicyFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Yukon Territory Lines:105 Added:07/26/2016

Provincial leaders call on Ottawa to deliver plan soon so they can build framework

WHITEHORSE- Canada's premiers are signalling they need swift action from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids, motorists and criminals.

With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders say time is of the essence.

"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the Federation meeting.

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9 CN YK: Premiers Talk Pot ConcernsFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Weber, Bob Area:Yukon Territory Lines:67 Added:07/26/2016

Premiers meeting in the Yukon say they want quick action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana to prevent a patchwork of enforcement and distribution across the country.

"There's real concerns," said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister before heading into the meeting Thursday in Whitehorse.

"It's one of the issues I want to raise today," he said. "I would hope we can develop a national approach, a co-operative approach."

British Columbia's Christy Clark echoed Pallister's worries around public health, safety and distribution.

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10 CN YK: Wynne On Mission To Talk Pot PoliciesWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Yukon Territory Lines:103 Added:07/21/2016

Premier Eager to Learn About Strategies of Her Counterparts at Summer Conference

WHITEHORSE- As Canada's provincial and territorial leaders gather for their annual summer conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne wants the inside dope from her colleagues about legalized recreational marijuana.

"I can tell you I'm going to ask people what they're thinking about it," Wynne told the Star in an interview before the summit begins Wednesday. Her comments come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government prepares to end the prohibition of marijuana.

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11 CN YK: Just Call Him The Cannabis CounsellorFri, 01 Apr 2016
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Dolphin, Myles Area:Yukon Territory Lines:137 Added:04/01/2016

For years, Michael Dobson has navigated the smoky waters of Canada's medical marijuana system.

The 30-year-old Yukoner suffers from grand mal epileptic seizures, which can feature a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.

Grand mal seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Dobson smokes medical marijuana with high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, to help slow down the synapses in his brain.

It used to be a lot simpler for Dobson to get access to the drug that makes his life more tolerable.

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