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NEWS: Iqaluit October 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit city council passes new cannabis bylaw

Fines range from $200 for first offence to $10,000 for multiple offences

Iqaluit city council passed a new cannabis bylaw on Tuesday, Oct. 9, after fast-tracking the bylaw-reading process to ensure it was in place on Oct. 17, the day federal legislation that permits recreational cannabis consumption comes into effect. (PHOTO BY BRIAN SHAMBLEN/FLICKR CC-BY 2.0)
Iqaluit city council passed a new cannabis bylaw on Tuesday, Oct. 9, after fast-tracking the bylaw-reading process to ensure it was in place on Oct. 17, the day federal legislation that permits recreational cannabis consumption comes into effect. (PHOTO BY BRIAN SHAMBLEN/FLICKR CC-BY 2.0)

A new cannabis bylaw, passed by Iqaluit city council on Tuesday, will come into effect on Oct. 17, the day that the recreational consumption of cannabis will become legal under federal and territorial law.

The Government of Nunavut’s cannabis legislation, Bill 7, provides the main framework for sales, purchase, use and restrictions for the territory.

However, the city’s new Public Cannabis Consumption, Tobacco Use and Vaping By-law adds more specific information about where cannabis use will be prohibited within the city of Iqaluit.

Its existence also repeals the old smoking bylaw 570.

“Council wanted to ensure that the city’s cannabis bylaw was passed by Oct. 17, 2018 and we have met that deadline,” said Mayor Madeleine Redfern in a news release.

The city says it had been working closely with the GN and the RCMP to ensure that it is able to implement, as well as enforce, the new legislation and bylaw, according to the release.

The city’s new bylaw includes the following limits on consuming cannabis:

• Cannabis can be smoked anywhere tobacco smoke is permitted, but it is important to note that smoking laws have also changed.

• Landlords have the right to decide whether tenants are permitted to smoke tobacco or cannabis on their properties, especially if the smoke is likely to travel into another tenant’s unit or into public spaces.

• You cannot smoke at a workplace or within nine metres from an entrance or exit.

• You cannot smoke in the common area of an apartment building or condominium.

• You cannot smoke in a public place, or within nine metres of an entrance or exit of one. This includes hospitals, clinics, playgrounds and recreation centres. The bylaw also defines a public place to include a motor vehicle in a public place, or any building or structure, whether or not it has a roof, where the public has access—but does not include streets, roads or highways.

• You cannot smoke at a parade, concert, public assembly, or within nine metres of one. This also includes the setup or take-down of any temporary facilities for an event. Additionally, you cannot smoke at a school or on school grounds, or within 15 metres of an entrance or exit of one.

Some exceptions to these rules include workplaces that also serve as private residences; rooms within hotels, motels and elder homes that have been designated for smoking; and shelters or structures that are enclosed so that no smoke can come into contact with people exiting or entering.

Territorial legislation states that cannabis will only be legal for those over 19. Sharing cannabis with or selling cannabis to a minor, or permitting a minor to use cannabis, will be an offence with one of the highest fines.

Residents will be allowed to possess up to 150 grams of dried cannabis at home, but can only carry up to 30 grams on them at a time.

Anyone over 19 will be able to travel to Nunavut with a maximum of 30 grams of cannabis for personal consumption.

During the first year of legalization, edibles cannot be purchased in Nunavut. The federal government plans to draft laws to regulate edibles, while working with the provinces and territories.

However, residents will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants each.

The city says that cannabis ash and debris should be disposed of in the garbage, after making sure that there are no longer any embers and that the remaining cannabis is completely stubbed out.

Driving under the influence of marijuana is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act, including when marijuana is taken for medical reasons.

The City of Iqaluit’s municipal enforcement officers will be responsible for enforcing the city’s new bylaw, while the RCMP will be tasked with enforcing certain parts of the law that are governed by the federal government, such as driving offences. City bylaw will call the RCMP if a driver is suspected of driving under the influence.

Fines for violations can range from $200 for a first offence, and up to $10,000 for multiple offences, depending on the type of offence and other factors.

The details of these fines can be found in Bylaw 863.

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by Tiguaq on October 11, 2018

Holy SH*T this is crazy here we are 2018 soon enough 2019 we can have 150 grams at our house 30 grams at any given time out and about and we cant even buy beer at our liquor commission here in Rankin shaking my head at this holy cow.

#2. Posted by Paul Murphy on October 11, 2018

Better hire more bylaw to enforce this.

Check out the people at the door of the boarding home now.

#3. Posted by The Old Trapper on October 11, 2018

The maximum fines for violations of 4.03 and 4.04 seem a little excessive especially for a corporation who already has a first or second conviction. The corporation may be taking actions to prevent individuals violating the bylaw but people have shown that they are able to get around most laws at least some of the time.

It will be interesting to seen if the City and also the GN are adequately able to police this in their own workplaces. I do hope that most people are adult enough to act in a responsible manner.

Overall I think that the legalization of recreational cannabis will be a positive for society when everything is considered, of course that doesn’t mean that there will be no bumps in the road along the way.

#4. Posted by Parents, NO Kids on October 11, 2018

Better have that talk with your teens, Parents.
Their developing brains cannot be safe from cannabis and is very affected by it.
Some kids are really looking forward to Oct. 17.
Both the Doctors in the Liberal Government Cabinet fully understand how dangerous it is to youth’s brains and that is why there are the highest fines for giving it to any youth.
Think about it Parents and have that discussion with your kids.

#5. Posted by Retired toker on October 12, 2018

Just another way of the gn to make money on people who smoke weed.

#6. Posted by 59009 on October 12, 2018

the GN won’t be selling anything, people in NU will have to order from the Federal Government’s website.

#7. Posted by Correction on October 12, 2018

#6 you are incorrect.

The GN will be selling online, through an agent.

#8. Posted by Native on October 12, 2018

So since we know where you can’t smoke. Can someone tell me where we can?

#9. Posted by Lawmaker on October 13, 2018

Thanks a lot mr. Pot Trudeau. This legalization will surely hurt our youth accross Canada and especially in nunavut. This is crazy that the cabinet or gov. Officials even supported this. More drop outs more crime.

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