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NEWS: Nunavut October 06, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut hamlets work to get ready for marijuana legalization

"It doesn't mean municipal workers are going to be able to get high and go to work and take weed breaks"

The legalization of marijuana presents many issues that hamlets need to think about with respect to their municipal works, says Brian Fleming, the executive director of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, to mayors from Nunavut's Kitikmeot region who met Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 in Cambridge Bay.
The legalization of marijuana presents many issues that hamlets need to think about with respect to their municipal works, says Brian Fleming, the executive director of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, to mayors from Nunavut's Kitikmeot region who met Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 in Cambridge Bay. "You don't see workers having cocktails at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when they're on coffee breaks," Fleming said Oct. 3. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Hamlet mayors and senior administrators in Nunavut will start to consider the impact of marijuana legalization at the municipal level when they meet at the end of next month in Iqaluit.

This debate is a necessary step in preparing for July 2018 when cannabis products are set to become legal, but regulated, in Canada, said Brian Fleming, the executive director of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, which will bring together SAOs Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 and mayors from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 for their annual general meeting.

“We don’t have any answers yet because it still needs to be debated—there’s lots of issues,” Fleming said at the meeting of the Kitikmeot region’s mayors, held Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 in Cambridge Bay.

Fleming said he has already received many calls from hamlet officials who are eager for the proposed Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45, to become law.

This act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana across Canada.

It would also maintain the current program for accessing marijuana for medical purposes.

Fleming said that the new law, expected to come into effect July 2018, will raise many issues within hamlets.

“It doesn’t mean municipal workers are going to be able to get high and go to work and take weed breaks,” Fleming told Nunatsiaq News.

“So there has to be a policy framework developed for this.”

As well, there’s the question of how to handle the use of medical marijuana, already prescribed for a few municipal workers.

“So what do you do with a case like that? If they’re getting all worked up, and anxious, and feel like they have to have some prescription marijuana to calm themselves down, do you let them continue to work or do you send them home?

“Those are the kinds of issues we are talking about,” Fleming said.

Under the new Cannabis Act, provinces and territories would license and oversee the distribution and sale of marijuana and restrict the places where adults can consume marijuana, such as in public places or in vehicles.

But Fleming said hamlets will also have to enact bylaws, for example, on where members of the public may consume marijuana within municipalities.

The NAM already sits on a cross-jurisdictional committee looking at the legalization of marijuana, which includes government officials, lawyers and the RCMP.

Fleming said discussions at the NAM’s meeting will feature a panel with some of the members of this committee as well as from the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission.

If it is approved by Parliament, the Cannabis Act could become law with a target date of no later than July 2018, says the federal government.

If any province or territory is unable to meet that deadline for the creation of regulations for the sale, distribution and cultivation of marijuana, residents of those jurisdictions will be able to order the product by mail order, the federal legislation says.

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(21) Comments:

#1. Posted by Unofficially Repeated on October 06, 2017

Guys….remember, no official weed breaks eventhough you have been doing it daily for how many decades now? smile

#2. Posted by Mariner on October 06, 2017

@#1. My guess would be close to 40 yrs.

#3. Posted by Nunavut Resident on October 06, 2017

Everyone who smokes weed smokes during their breaks. So what’s the point of saying that. Lol.

#4. Posted by WEED DEALER on October 06, 2017

I know of at least 2 dozen employees in my town that go home for cocktail breaks wink wink.

#5. Posted by Moderation on October 06, 2017

@3: no not all pot smokers smoke during breaks. Some of use can actually restrain ourselves.

People like you who abuse it make the rest of us look bad and it’s the reason why some many people in Nunavut have a negative perception of pot use.

#6. Posted by Citizen on October 06, 2017

Down with dope!, up in Hope!

#7. Posted by Duffman on October 06, 2017

I just hope young people will not be taking this crap, it can damage their brain and cause mental health issues, it can cause schizophrenia and other issues when developing minds use it.

Stay off this young ones, you don’t want to be a dope head.

#8. Posted by Fuming marbles on October 06, 2017

hardcore weed smokers be like 20 bags per month @ $40.00/gr = $600.00 x 12 months = $7,200.00 x 10 yrs = $72,000.00…do the math and we are spending way too much on illegal drugs and legalization will have it’s pro’s & con’s. Anyway our country is in for a foggy trip.

#9. Posted by being high on October 06, 2017

Those who smoke and go to work high think its ok for them but i bet they wouldnt want their surgeon, pilot, taxi driver, loader, or bus driver driving around high.

#10. Posted by Cannabis User on October 06, 2017

#7 Please note:

“New research from Harvard Medical School, in a comparison between families with a history of schizophrenia and those without, finds little support for marijuana use as a cause of schizophrenia.”

The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself,” note the researchers.”


#11. Posted by Cannabis Abstainer on October 06, 2017

@#10 You (or the article?) says “not cannabis use by itself”. Meaning you don’t just smoke cannabis then develop schizophrenia, you need “familial morbid risk” but then the cannabis triggers your latent schizophrenia. Or forget about triggering schizophrenia, how about just bringing on good ol’ fashioned depression and psychosis?

I’m having a beer as I type this. I recognize that it could be making me fat, it could stress my liver, and if I overdo it too long I could end up becoming an alcoholic. I dare you to show a similar level of honesty and introspection. Or are you sticking to your story of an all-natural celestial panacea herb?

#12. Posted by The Old Trapper on October 06, 2017

#2, actually it’s been going on in the north for over 40 years.

#9, but what about the politicians? Guess that is probably one reason so little gets done.

I am however not one of the doomsayers. Overall I do think that legalizing cannabis will be beneficial to Canadian society. There will be some people who cannot handle it, and there will be unintended consequences, but at least we can stop sending people to prison for smoking a joint.

Governments do need to get their act together, and quickly. Look to other jurisdictions, such as Colorado, for guidance and best practices.

And one thought for Ontario’s Premier - you are a moron for thinking that you can keep weed sales as a government monopoly.

(kudos to Rex Tillerson for bringing “moron” back into the lexicon, although IIRC when he applied it to President Trump it was f’ing moron)

#13. Posted by The Old Trapper on October 06, 2017

#8, all the more reason to invest in a few gardening essentials in order to grow your own.

I am assuming that the GN, in their infinite wisdom, will also attempt to get a monopoly on cannabis sales, sImilar to the deluded Ontario government. They may also (try) to allow municipal government to prohibit cannabis as they do with alcohol. If they do I would not be surprised if there was a court challenge.

Also I assume that growing cannabis in social housing will be prohibited.
If the GN were thinking ahead they would look at setting up community greenhouses, and allow entrepreneur so grow cannabis commercially, it could even lead to exporting cannabis to the rest of the country.

#14. Posted by The Old Trapper on October 06, 2017

#11, and having a glass or two of wine may allow you to live longer.

One issue has been the difficulty in doing research due to the illegal nature of cannabis. With the increased medical use of cannabis more research is getting underway. There is much to be found out about cannabis and a lot of study will be needed to find out the effects, side effects, and harmful effects of various levels of THC and CBD.

I suspect that like most drugs there will be good and bad, and that there will be a fairly wide range between people.

Complete disclosure - alcohol consumed this year, 4 beer while watching the Mayweather vs McGregor fight at my next door neighbour’s house. Cannabis consumed this year (actually the last decade or more), zero. It is after all still illegal.

#15. Posted by The Old Trapper on October 06, 2017

And in today’s news the House of Commons Health Committee has amended Bill C-45 to remove the 100 cm height restriction on the 4 marijuana plants that you are allowed to grow.

Now with 24 hours of sunlight, and very rich compost (from all of the rotten produce thrown out by Northern and the Coop), is there any limit to how high enterprising Nunavummiut can grow a pot plant?

To the new Premier, seriously consider allowing commercial growing as a industry. Think of the opportunities. Organically grown in the last pristine environment, 24 hours of sunshine, limited growing period, limited supply, exported from the top of the world.

Now all we need is the marketing, starting with catchy names; High Arctic Gold, Rankin Inlet Red, Pond Inlet Purple Haze…..

Happy Canada Day 2018!

#16. Posted by Cannabis user on October 07, 2017

#11 Since you are in the mood for honest self reflection, ask yourself where you contrived the notion that I suggested cannabis is an “all-natural celestial panacea herb.”

Interesting choice of words. Albeit a little silly. 

The point of my comment, cannabis does not “cause schizophrenia,” anymore than alcohol does (nor, any less).

Thank you, and good evening.

#17. Posted by tommy vu on October 07, 2017

let marijuana legalization and ppl will respect it.. is like example ... when u don’t let them do it they will break the law to do it.. once marijuana legalization all citizenship respect the law..

#18. Posted by Young Trapper on October 07, 2017

Smokers self medicate.  That is how so Nunavut muit stay thin and sexy.  Coffee is self medication.  So is pepsi.  These things help you stay normal and even better than normal.  Money also makes you better than many people. 

Some people take dope, off the street to avoid seizure.  They should be under meds for seizure but sometimes these are not available or too strickley policed.  Medicine up north is so not normal. 

Someone even said he smokes dope to avoid drinking.  He said drinking was so bad for him.  This thing is more about right and wrong.

#19. Posted by Grow Your Own Cigarettes on October 09, 2017

Cigarettes like dope is a big health danger.  Cigarettes are also have many, many chemicals. 

I wonder if growing your own cigarettes would be better.  Like organic plants.  It seems no one ever thinks about this one.

#20. Posted by SAO on October 09, 2017

So who do we turn to when the hamlet sells crappy weed or its short on the weight, the SAO?

#21. Posted by Medicated on October 17, 2017

#5 we don’t abuse marijuana,we get medicated.

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