Iqaluit city council supports proposed cannabis store

Letter of recommendation to be forwarded to Government of Nunavut

Iqaluit city council has thrown its support behind the opening of a cannabis retail store. (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

Iqaluit city council voted in support of a retail cannabis store during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Nuna Cannabis Store, which would be located on Federal Rd. in Iqaluit, would be the first of its kind in the territory.

Despite being heard by the council during a meeting last month and sent back to the strategic planning and economic development committee because of potentially wrong information, the recommendation returned to the council unchanged.

“Committee recommends to the council that a letter of recommendation be forwarded to the Government of Nunavut approving a request to locate a cannabis store 1501 Federal Road conditional upon approval of a development permit,” said Deputy Mayor Janet Brewster.

While the city doesn’t have the final say as to whether the store is approved, the Government of Nunavut did ask the city council for feedback and extended its deadline to Sept. 10 in order for them to provide that.

The public consultation period for the proposed store closed on Aug. 20.

For more information about the Government of Nunavut’s cannabis retail licensing process, visit its website.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Addictions Centre on

    What is the timeline for the new treatment centre being built?
    Weed psychosis is frightening and too prevelant. Just because a substance is legal doesn’t make it safe from abuse.

    • Posted by Trauma not substance on

      The weed psychosis argument is way overplayed and the favourite talking point of Conservatives who WERE against legalization (funny how most politicians don’t bring it up much anymore). When people start using cannabis and have a really bad reaction to it (bad trip) they tend to just not try it again. They don’t keep going and going until they develop serious mental problems.

      But that’s the kind of population we have in Iqaluit, we have a significant percentage of the population who ignore what their limits are in order to forget their traumas. Smoking way too much weed is an escape from the reality of life. Drinking a 60 or doing meth (the new drug in town that should REALLY scare you) is far too normal in this town and it’s not because it’s available. It’s because too many of us can’t get out of a rut and look to escape. And the opportunities to develop the tools you need to get out of that spiral have (for the most part) long since passed: mindfulness, patience and reasoning, financial planning (in order for you to afford a save place to live and food to eat).

      If substance abusers in Iqaluit would replace their drugs of choice with just cannabis, we’d be in far better shape than we are today. But it’s not that simple because the problem isn’t the substance, it’s the reasons behind using the substances. A treatment center will help bridge some of the gap, but this territory as a whole needs to collectively heal and move forward. We need to raise healthier youth to make rational choices in life so that they don’t end up abusing drugs and alcohol as much and won’t end up in a treatment center. Everyone wants to fix the addicts on the street today, but it’s the happy-go-lucky kids playing outside all day long who don’t have a safe home that we should be concerned about. The things we could do for them today don’t require a treatment center.

      • Posted by David Spencer on

        Well worded reply ?

      • Posted by Well Said on

        Wow, well said, well said.

      • Posted by All Politics Aside on

        According to CAMH (Canadian Association for Mental Health) “Some drugs, such as amphetamines, can directly induce psychosis.
        Others, including cannabis (marijuana), can cause a psychotic
        episode by increasing a person’s existing vulnerability to psychosis.
        There is also the risk that a psychotic episode in the context of substance
        use may cause the onset of a chronic (long-term) psychotic
        disorder. Several decades ago, cannabis was considered a “soft” drug. Today,
        however, it is better understood that cannabis use can increase the
        risk of developing psychosis. The earlier someone starts using cannabis,
        and the more they use, the higher their risk of developing
        psychosis later in life.”

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