Cannabis Legalization

This page is dedicated to providing SUMA members and hometown residents with information on SUMA's advocacy work with the legalization of recreational cannabis. Here you will find links to resources, and media coverage of this issue. 

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis legalization presents a tremendous challenge to hometowns across Saskatchewan, and across Canada. So the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with SUMA, other provincial-territorial associations, and an advisory group of legal and policy experts, developed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization. A roadmap to cannabis legalization, the guide explores the issues that municipal governments need to consider, including case studies, policy options, and sample bylaw language.

The Provincal Strategy

On March 14, 2018, the Saskatchewan government released their cannabis framework. The framework details provincial plans to regulate cannabis, from the legal age of consumption to wholesale distribution and retail sales.

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 (April 16, 2018): SUMA, SARM, and FCM unveil Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization 

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

How the provinces are planning for pot legalization

Feds willing to give more pot tax revenue to provinces to help municipalities

SUMA Social Media Platforms



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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. 

Letter to Minister Morgan from Regina City Councillor Andrew Stevens


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

‚ÄčMunicipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis legalization (overview)

Cannabis legalization primer: how municipalities can get ready

Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Cannabis Regulation

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities

Cannabis Legalization Symposium

Article: Cannabis Legalization — Weeding Out the Regulations

Association of Municipalities Ontario


Saskatchewan Government

Saskatchewan's Cannabis Framework

Alberta Government

Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization

British Columbia Government

Statement on Cannabis Legalization Task Force Report

BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement

Manitoba Government

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

Ontario Government

Cannabis Legalization

Consultation paper: Cannabis legalizalization in Ontario

Quebec Government

Forum d'experts sur l'encadrement du cannabis au Québec (Expert Forum on Cannabis Frameworks in Quebec)

Yukon Government

Cannabis legalization in Yukon