Cannabis legal in NWT, but not in Northview Properties

The White Widow: Earthy woody with notes of musk. (Courtesy of NWTLCC)

Canada’s federal Cannabis legislation came into force today across the country. Newfoundland and Labrador was the first jurisdiction to make a legal weed sale, after it opened it’s doors for business at 12:00am.

Cannabis is to be sold today at five liquor stores across the Northwest Territories including: the Yellowknife Liqour Shop, and locations in Hay River , Norman Wells, Fort Simpson and Fort Smith.

The Yellowknife Liqour Shop is the only legal retailer in Chief Drygeese Territory. (file photo)

The liquor store in Inuvik which is operated by the Inuvaluit Regional Corporation will not be selling legal cannabis.

Residents in the Mackenzie and Beaufort Delta, along with communities without liqour stores will have to order their cannabis online from the Hay River-based NWT Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

However, the largest landlord in the territory says that renters will not be able to smoke pot or grow marijuana on its property.

Northview Apartment Reit put out an advisory to all tenants last week telling them they can’t smoke cannabis in their buildings.

“Northview will prohibit the smoking and cultivation of cannabis or any related products on any Northview properties including in all suites and common areas,” as stated in their advisory to renters.

It says it will allow cannabis edibles once they become legal as long as it does not interfere with tenants rights to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.

Northview appears to be opening the door to those who use medical marijuana, but states that they must first contact their local rental office to discuss special consideration.

Cannabis advocate Kim MacNearny says most medicinal users vaporize their medical marijuana to get more natural oils and substance from the plant, compared to burning it by smoking it in a pipe or rolled joint.

NWT cannabis varieties and prices. (Courtesy NWT Liqour and Cannabis Commission)

With no court cases at present, NWT landlords will be able to evict tenants with a 10-30 day eviction notice if they can prove renters are smoking marijuana on their premises.

(With Files from John McFadden)

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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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