In an effort to ensure public health and safety, the Government of Yukon has made it a priority to monitor the progress of cannabis legalization in the territory and create legislation that chips away at the black market.
In addition to these efforts, Yukon has also placed a strong importance on cannabis education for both employees within the industry and consumers alike. Cannabis laws in Yukon are reflective of these ideologies, resulting in an organized, structured market..
The legal minimum age to purchase, possess, consume and cultivate cannabis in Yukon is 19 years old. It is strictly illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to possess cannabis. Additionally, the Government of Yukon has declared that it is the responsibility of adults who consume cannabis to make sure no one under 19 years of age has access to cannabis products in their possession.
Adults 19 years and older are permitted to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in other cannabis products on their person at any given time. It is also legal for adults of age to share up to 30 grams of cannabis products with other adults of age, so long as no remuneration is accepted.
As of October 17, 2018, adults of age are legally allowed to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis from either government-run retail stores or online via cannabisyukon.org.
Currently, the following cannabis products are available for purchase in Yukon:
- Dried flower (whole or ground)
The Government of Yukon plans to grant licenses for private retail stores in the near future as well. The Cannabis Licensing Board is expected to be formed in early 2019 and begin accepting license applications as early as spring of 2019.
Adults in Yukon 19 years of age and older are legally permitted to consume cannabis in a private residence and the adjoining building of that private residence such as a shed, or garage.
The legalization of non-medical cannabis has no impact on the current medical cannabis program in Yukon. For more information on medical cannabis in Canada, visit Health Canada.
Transporting cannabis is legal in Yukon, so long as all cannabis products are stored in a closed container that is completely out of the reach of both driver and passengers.
Driving Under the Influence
Similar to alcohol, driving under the influence of cannabis is strictly illegal in Yukon. Consuming cannabis prior to operating a motor vehicle or within a motor vehicle can result in steep legal consequences.
Citizens of Yukon 19 years of age and older are legally allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per household. These at-home cultivated cannabis plants must be grown from legally obtained seeds.
Canadian Provincial Guides to Cannabis