Cannabis sales will be restricted to the area of Marwell, as voted by city council on Feb. 26. (Wikimedia Commons)

Whitehorse council settles on Marwell for cannabis sales

Puff, puff, pass the buck

Whitehorse city council voted 6-1 Feb. 26 to restrict cannabis retail sales to Marwell.

Coun. Betty Irwin was the only councillour to oppose the restriction during second and third reading of the zoning amendment.

“I’m going to be voting against this bylaw,” said Irwin. “If only to go on record to express my dissatisfaction with the establishment of a retail sale monopoly of this product in the territory.”

She said she doesn’t want to see the sale of cannabis restricted to a single location she feels is unsuitable.

“Any business knows that to sell a product, it’s location, location, location and this is probably the worst possible location that could have been picked,” she said.

“If YG wants to wipe out the black market in cannabis by locating the only legal outlet in an area of town that is difficult to get to, practically inaccessible at some times, it isn’t going to have much impact on the black market economy.”

Curtis noted that Canada is experiencing a “sea change” with the new cannabis legislation and everyone is moving through it one step at a time.

“It’s been my understanding that the next thing that comes up from the federal government, through the territorial government, is oil,” said Curtis. “Like, hash oil, weed oil. And after that it’ll be edibles. And after that perhaps it’ll be cafes where you can partake in some marijuana. And after that we’ll be looking at grow-ops. So there’s many, many steps to this new world that’s not just retail.”

Curtis said it’s impossible to make suggestions and determinations about the locations of establishments that would cater to those needs, when the only direction from the federal government at the moment is distribution and warehousing of dry cannabis.

He said YG might not even find a suitable location in Marwell.

He said it will be up to this council or the next council to consult with the public and decide where people want additional locations down the road.

“And I’d like to stress that no one is trying to demonize marijuana, or cannabis, or oils, or edibles,” he said. “We’re just trying to follow the process, which is a brand new day in a brand new world from the federal government. So, step by step.”

“We’re just looking at one piece of many decisions this council’s going to make in the next months and weeks and years coming forward.”

Contact Amy Kenny at amy.kenny@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Yukon government releases WCC inspection report

The report contains 40 recommendations on how facilities and services at the WCC should be improved

No new forensic unit planned for Whitehorse’s hospital

Justice says hospital may expand services it offers inmates but not enough to qualify as ‘forensic’

NDP decries lack of ‘urgency’ in governments response to WCC inspection

‘The reality is that the longer this goes on the less humane our prison system is in the territory’

Whitehorse Correctional Centre report a ‘starting point’ to address justice system issues, CYFN says

CYFN executive director Shadelle Chambers says the justice system ‘requires fundamental changes’

Paddlers ride down the Yukon River in the annual Chili and Beans Race

‘We’re always trying to find ways to keep people active’

Gymkhana tests Yukon horses and riders

‘I don’t ever want somebody to leave feeling like they didn’t accomplish some kind of goal’

Whitehorse volunteers turn to GoFundMe to raise cash for thrift store

The Whitehorse Community Thrift Store is hoping to raise $70,000 in ‘seed money’

The air up there: why you should buy a plane

Hell is other people. If you own a plane you can fly away from them

What to ask when you take your car to the shop

A visit to your garage, tire shop, dealership or repair shop can… Continue reading

Whitehorse resident Steve Roddick announces bid for council

Housing, consultation top list of priorities

Cozens, Team Canada off to strong start at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Canada rolls through Switzerland and Slovakia to set up showdown with Sweden

Selkirk First Nation says chinook salmon numbers similar to last year’s

Sonar on the Pelly River had counted just more than 7,900 chinook as of Aug. 5

Most Read