Yukon Party to Fully Privatize Cannabis Sales

WHITEHORSE – The cannabis sector in the Yukon continues to establish itself as a growing economic contributor to the territory. Bringing forward fresh ideas and new private sector opportunities to support this budding industry will help lead the territory out of the pandemic and into a prosperous future.

That is why a Yukon Party government would fully privatize the cannabis sector by removing the government from sales and distribution while adopting a model similar to Saskatchewan. Doing this will allow for private sector growth, while displacing the black market to keep the community safe. By eliminating government from the distribution of cannabis, private retailers will be able to make their own decisions about what products they would like to offer their customers.

“Getting government out of the business of doing business is key to growing the economy, allowing more choice for Yukoners, and ultimately making our community safer,” said Leader Currie Dixon. “The current model sees the government adding needless red tape and markups and this is only holding the private sector back and making it difficult to displace the black market.”

The current model also sees the government directly competing against the private sector cannabis operations through online sales. A Yukon Party government would take immediate action to remove government from online sales and allow local retailers to establish an online retail presence. This will allow private businesses an additional avenue to sell their product in a safe, socially distanced way.

“We know that local small businesses are ready, willing, and able to sell cannabis safely and responsibly,” Dixon said. “A Yukon Party government will create the conditions for them to succeed and then get out of the way of the private sector and allow them to help grow the economy.”

The 2021 territorial general election will be held on Monday, April 12. Advanced polling dates have been announced for Sunday, April 4 and Monday, April 5, 2021.


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