This page is dedicated to providing SUMA members and hometown residents with information on SUMA's advocacy work as we approach the July 1, 2018 legalization of recreational cannabis. Here you will find templates to raise the issue in your municipality and with the provincial government, links to resources, and media coverage of this issue. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.
Engage your local media with this template letter to the editor you can personalize and send to nearby outlets — newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations.
SUMA members have a powerful collective voice, so you can use our template letter to Justice Minister Don Morgan and join our call for the Province to share their plan so our members can prepare.
In the News
See SUMA's media engagement, and keep up with what SUMA and our members are saying in the media.
SUMA Media Release (October 31): SUMA Calls on the Saskatchewan Government to Implement Cannabis Legalization Strategy
Sask. cities say they need to see province's pot legalization strategy
SUMA urging province to move on marijuana consultations
SUMA wants to see Saskatchewan’s cannabis legalization strategy
Municipalities worried Sask. is lagging on pot legalization: SUMA says province is holding up municipal planning
Municipalities want Sask. government to lay out pot laws
Fight for legal marijana revenue heats up, as cities make their case
SUMA Social Media Platforms
Suggested Hashtag: #skpoli
What Members are Saying
If you talk to the media about this issue, or submit a letter to the editor, email us with the details and we can share it here.
SUMA, other municipal associations around the country, and some provincial governments are compiling and sharing information to help municipalities prepare for July 1, 2018. These resources may be helpful, and you can email us with suggestions for resources to add.
Urban Update (August 8, 2016): Have Your Say: Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
Urban Update (May 8, 2017, May 23, 2017): Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Legalize Cannabis
Urban Update (June 19, 2017): Have Your Say: Cannabis Legislation
Member email (September 27): Latest Round of Cannabis Consultation
Member email (November 9): SUMA Calling for a Provincial Cannabis Legalization Strategy
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Cannabis legalization (overview)
Cannabis legalization primer: how municipalities can get ready
Union of British Columbia Municipalities
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Cannabis Legalization Symposium
Article: Cannabis Legalization — Weeding Out the Regulations
Association of Municipalities Ontario
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation public consultation
Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization
British Columbia Government
Statement on Cannabis Legalization Task Force Report
BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement
Province Issues Expression of Interest for Production, Distribution and Retail of Cannabis in Manitoba
Province Announces Hybrid Model for Distribution and Retail of Cannabis
New Brunswick Government
Report of the New Brunswick Working Group on the Legalization of Cannabis
Newfoundland and Labrador Government
Public Asked to Provide Input on Legalization of Cannabis in Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Government
GNWT Cannabis Legislation
Consultation paper: Cannabis legalizalization in Ontario
Forum d'experts sur l'encadrement du cannabis au Québec (Expert Forum on Cannabis Frameworks in Quebec)
Cannabis legalization in Yukon