Principles that Guide Our Work

Protecting the health and safety of Northerners, while complying with any national cannabis laws and requirements set by the federal government, is a priority for the GNWT. In keeping with that priority, the following principles guide our work.

  • restrict youth access to cannabis, and protect young people from promotion or enticements to use cannabis

  • allow adults to possess and access regulated, quality controlled legal cannabis

  • discourage drug-impaired driving

  • protect workers and the public from drug-impairment in the workplace

  • protect public health by controlling the public smoking of cannabis

  • enhance public awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis

  • provide a safe and secure retail regime for the adult purchase of cannabis

  • provide for local options to establish cannabis distribution and consumption restrictions and prohibitions.