Cannabis dispensaries could be coming to Canada’s Arctic

In Nunavut, where delivery is a constant challenge, the illicit market for cannabis has been thriving since legalization

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-23

Of all Canada’s provinces and territories, only one declined to open legal stores where you can buy pot. And it’s the one that probably makes sense — Nunavut, the coldest and most snow-and-ice-covered of the territories.

But that could soon change, and dispensaries could finally move north of the Arctic Circle. 

In Nunavut, where delivery is a constant challenge, the illicit market for cannabis has been thriving since legalization. One reason for that, the government thinks, is the lack of legal outlets. 

“We don’t have tracking numbers for illicit sales,” territorial finance minister George Hickes told the CBC. “[But] until such time as we get retail sales outlets so people can walk in and purchase as they want, I don’t anticipate we’re going to make a dramatic dent in illegal sales.”

Hickes says another reason for dispensaries is quality control. “We need to make sure people are buying safe products that are not contaminated.”

 

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