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 links to resources, and media coverage of this issue. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.
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 will need to consider, including case studies, policy options, and sample bylaw language.
On March 14, 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.
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
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 (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
Forum d'experts sur l'encadrement du cannabis au Québec (Expert Forum on Cannabis Frameworks in Quebec)