The government of the Northwest Territories consulted with the territory’s population before presenting a framework for the legalization of cannabis in February 2018.
Residents of the Northwest Territories will be allowed to grow up to 4 plants per household. Communities will be able to vote on plebiscites to restrict or ban the use, possession, and transportation of cannabis in their areas.
When transporting cannabis within the Northwest Territories, it must be kept in an unopened or resealed package and out of reach of the vehicle’s occupants.
The NWT Liquor Commission will be responsible for both distribution and retail sales in the Northwest Territories.
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
Where to Buy?
Consumers will be able to acquire cannabis via mail order or in person at one of the province's six existing liquor stores. “Cannabis-only” stores might be possible in the future, under the authority of the Liquor Commission. Online sales allowed only in areas not serviced by a liquor store.
19 years is the minimum age to buy, carry, use, and share.
Public Use will be allowed in some places like parks and trails, under the same rules as tobacco, and forbidden if the spaces are being used for public events. Smoking in areas often frequented by children is forbidden, as well as smoking in crowded spaces.
For more information about cannabis regulation rules in the Northwest Territories, please refer to Bill 6, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act and Cannabis in NWT.
Once legalized, all recreational cannabis will be sourced from ACMPR Licensed Producers only. This ensures quality assurance, 3rd party testing, and other important regulations are strictly followed.
All provinces and territories have set 30 grams as the maximum amount an individual can buy or carry in public at a time.