Find out what the government is doing about cannabis

  1. Cannabis legalization
  2. Consumption, possession and cultivation
  3. ​Retail and distribution
  4. Talk to youth about using cannabis
  5. Drug-impaired driving and road safety
  6. ​Find out about the health effects of cannabis
  1. Cannabis legalization

    The Canadian government is working towards legalizing non-medical cannabis.

    The Government of Yukon has developed laws specific for Yukon. These laws will regulate distributing, selling, possessing, consuming and growing cannabis for personal use.

    Yukon municipalities can also introduce cannabis-related bylaws. Check with your local municipal government to learn more.

    We have considered feedback from Yukoners, experts, First Nation governments, communities and stakeholders.

    Read about our cannabis engagements to learn how we made our decisions.

    Here are 10 things you’ll need to know when cannabis is legalized.

  2. Consumption, possession and cultivation

    You must be 19+ years of age to buy and use cannabis in Yukon. This is also the minimum age to buy and consume alcohol.

    Cannabis retail locations

    Once cannabis is legal, it will be sold at a government store in Whitehorse and online. In the near future the Government of Yukon will license private cannabis retail stores.

    Possessing cannabis in public for personal use

    • You must be 19+ years of age.
    • You can buy up to 30 grams of dried cannabis per purchase. This is the legal amount a person can have in their possession.

    Using cannabis for personal use

    • You must be 19+ years of age to consume cannabis.
    • Cannabis must be consumed
      • in a private residence and adjoining property.
      • in another location if it is permitted by regulations.
    • Cannabis consumed must be legally obtained.

    You can't consume cannabis by inhaling smoke or vapour:

    • in the presence of health or social service providers; or
    • in the presence of another person defined in regulations who doesn't want to be exposed to smoking or vaping;
    • in an enclosed space that is a daycare, pre-school or other licensed child care home. It doesn't matter whether children are present or not; and
    • in any group-living facility as defined by the Smoke-Free Places Act.

    Using cannabis in the workplace

    If you’re impaired because you’ve used cannabis or any other substance, it’s illegal for you to be at work. If your impairment is the result of the medical use of cannabis or another substance, talk to your employer. You may be eligible for an accommodation, depending on how safety-sensitive your job is.

    Ask your employer about the impairment policy for your workplace. If there isn’t an impairment policy, ask your employer to establish one and train you and your fellow workers on it.

    Landlord and tenant rights

    Landlords and tenants should talk about cannabis. Make sure you understand and agree to the rules. Contact the Residential Tenancies Office to apply for a dispute resolution if there is a disagreement.

    Once cannabis becomes legal:

    • Landlords can use tenancy agreements to restrict cannabis use and growth.
    • Smoking cannabis is allowed in residences where smoking is currently permitted. There may be some exceptions. The Smoke Free Places Act and the Cannabis Control and Regulations Act have details about specific exceptions and conditions.

    Tenancy agreements that include “no smoking” rules will include cannabis. The landlord and tenant can agree in writing if the "no smoking" rule doesn't include cannabis.

    Condominiums

    Condominium corporations can make rules that restrict smoking and growing cannabis.

    Condo corporations should discuss cannabis with condo owners and make sure everyone understands the rules.

    Growing cannabis

    Personal use

    People 19+ years of age can grow up to 4 cannabis plants for personal use.

    • The plants must be grown from legally obtained seeds or plant material.
    • You can only grow these plants at your private residence and adjoining property.
    • There is a limit of 4 plants per household, not per person.

    Commercial use

    Find out how to apply to be a licensed cannabis producer.

  3. ​Retail and distribution

    Become a licensed cannabis retailer

    Find information on how to become a licensed cannabis retailer.

    Training for retailers

    Find out what training people will have to take to sell non-medical cannabis.

  4. Talk to youth about using cannabis

    Provide youth with facts about the effects of cannabis. This will help them make informed decisions about using it.

    Start the conversation when your kids are between 11 and 15 years old. Ask them what they know about cannabis and how their friends are talking about it.

    If you think your kids are using cannabis or other drugs, identify the reason why they might be using or starting to self-medicate.

    Refer to Drug Free Kids Canada, the Cannabis Talk Kit or our facts about cannabis for resources to start the conversation.

  5. Drug-impaired driving and road safety

    Impaired driving is illegal. It doesn't matter if it is due to alcohol or drugs.

    Drug-impaired driving offences are currently, and will continue to be, addressed through the:

    Government of Canada and Government of Yukon are both updating their respective legislation to further address drug-impaired driving.

    The RCMP are the enforcement authority for all types of impaired driving.

  6. ​Find out about the health effects of cannabis
    • Cannabis can make you feel relaxed and happy. You may also experience unpleasant or negative effects on your brain and body.
    • Cannabis has become more potent in recent years. This could increase health risks.
    • When you use cannabis, it can:
      • harm your ability to think and make decisions
      • harm your ability to concentrate and remember
      • slow your reaction time and affect your ability to drive
      • impair your ability to perform high-speed activities like biking, skiing or playing sports
    • Impairment can last for 24+ hours after use. This is well after other effects have faded.
    • With long term, frequent and heavy use, some of these and other effects may continue after you stop using it. They may not be reversible.
    • Cannabis can be harmful to youth brain development.
    • The health risks related to cannabis use are higher:
      • the more often and longer you use it
      • the younger you are when you start using it
    • Cannabis can be addictive. About 1 in 11 people who use cannabis will become addicted. That risk rises to about 1 in 6 for people who started using cannabis as a teen.
    • Cannabis use has been linked to the development of psychosis and schizophrenia. This is especially true when use begins in adolescence and there is a family history of these illnesses.
Contact: 

For questions about what the government is doing about cannabis email cannabis@gov.yk.ca.