Regulations concerning the consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes in the Yukon have been designed in accordance with Federal regulations. However, they also feature restrictions / allowances that are specific to the Province. We have listed Yukon’s regulations below to provide you with a strong understanding of how you can enjoy cannabis in accordance with the regulations.
- The minimum age for recreational use of cannabis is 19 in the Yukon.
- Areas of allowed use – private residences and adjoining property, and other locations as permitted by regulations. In locations where smoking tobacco is currently permitted. Landlords can use tenancy agreements to restrict cannabis use and cultivation. Tenancy agreements that including ‘no smoking’ rules will automatically apply to smoking or vaping cannabis as well.
- Areas of controlled use – none specified.
- Areas where use is prohibited – in the presence of health or social service providers. In the presence of any other person defined in regulations who doesn’t want to be exposed to smoking or vaping. As well as in enclosed space like daycares, preschools, or any licensed child care home (whether children are present or not), or in any group-living facility as defined by the Smoke-Free Places Act.
- Driving restrictions are a fundamental part of Yukon cannabis regulations. Driving while under the influence of cannabis is strictly prohibited by law in the Yukon. Failure to abide by this legislation can result in any or all of the following repercussions:
- Immediate license suspension
- Financial penalties
- Possible vehicle impoundment
- Possibility of criminal record
- Possibility of jail time
- Place of purchase restrictions – Yukon cannabis laws dictate that marijuana can only be purchased at the Cannabis Yukon retail store, operated by the Yukon Liquor Corporation, and located at 120B Industrial Road in Whitehorse. Product cohabitation with alcohol in store is prohibited. Online purchases can be made at CannabisYukon.org. Private retail sales locations are expected to come in 2019, and private retailers will have to be approved the Province’s Cannabis Licensing Board.
- Possession restrictions – individuals aged 19 and up are legally allowed to have a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis in their possession in public at any time.
- Transportation restrictions – product transported in a motor vehicle must be sealed in original packaging or located so that it is inaccessible to vehicle occupants.
- Growing restrictions – individuals aged 19 and up are able to grow up to four plants per household, not per person. It is also mandated that plants grown must be out of public view.
- Workplace regulations – workplace prohibitions are in place, unless you are authorized to use medical cannabis, in which case your employer may make an exception for you.
Yukon Cannabis Regulations for Medical Marijuana
In compliance with the Cannabis Act of October, 2018 individuals who have received authorization from the regulatory body of the Canadian Province where they live may purchase, possess, and consume medical cannabis without personal storage limits in the home. The public possession limits are as follows; the lesser of 150 grams or a 30-day supply of dried cannabis (or the equivalent in cannabis product) in addition to the 30 grams allowed for non-medical purposes. Individuals must be able to provide documentation of their medical marijuana authorization if in public possession of cannabis.
Municipal Variances: Recreational & Medicinal
There are no variances between the Province and its Yukon cannabis regulations pertaining to cannabis and regulations for individual municipalities in the Province. Provincial regulations will apply to all cities, towns, and elsewhere in the Yukon.