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City (Iqaluit) passes By-law for Cannabis consumption, smoking and vaping

by ahnationtalk on November 2, 201897 Views

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – (IQALUIT, NUNAVUT) – Mayor Redfern, on behalf of Council, announced today that the City’s By-law for Cannabis Consumption, Smoking and Vaping passed the third reading last night. Bylaw #863will go into effect on October 17th – the day Federal and Territorial Cannabis Legislation becomes law.

The Government of Nunavut’s (GN) Cannabis Legislation, Bill-7 provides the main framework for cannabis sales, purchase, use and restrictions in the Territory. The City’s Cannabis Consumption, Smoking and Vaping Bylaw provides additional information on restrictions on where cannabis use is not permitted within the City, such as 9 meters from the entrances of public buildings. In addition, cannabis cannot be used on school, daycare grounds and at public events.

Mayor Redfern explained, “Council wanted to ensure that the City’s Cannabis By-law was passed by October 17th, 2018 and we have met this deadline.”

The City has been working closely with the GN and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to ensure that it is able to implement as well as enforce the new legislation and by-law.

Fines for violations can range from $200 for a first offence and up to $10,000 for multiple offences.

For additional information, please go the City’s Cannabis Consumption, Smoking and Vaping By-law #863, the Government of Nunavut’s Cannabis Legislation, and the Government of Canada’s Cannabis Legislation, as well as the Question and Answers document.


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