The Province of Saskatchewan has released the framework surrounding the use of legal cannabis. 

“The top priority of the Government of Saskatchewan when creating this framework is to ensure the health and safety of our residents,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “We have taken the time necessary to review the many impacts cannabis legalization will have on our province and are confident our approach addresses the many facets of legalization.”

Using information gathered by stakeholders and through an online survey conducted in the fall 2017, they decided on the framework.  

Key details included in the framework are:
• Minimum age for non-medicinal cannabis consumption will be 19 years of age;
• Zero tolerance for all drug-impaired drivers in the province.  It will always be illegal to drive while impaired in Saskatchewan – whether by drugs or alcohol.  This will not change once cannabis use becomes legal;
• Consuming cannabis in public spaces will be prohibited for public health considerations. Consumption will also be prohibited in schools and daycares.
• Saskatchewan is introducing legislation to prohibit the possession of any amount by a minor.  Possession of smaller amounts, by a minor, will be addressed primarily through ticketing and seizure of the cannabis, in accordance with the provincial Act. Possession of more than five grams will be a criminal offence subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
• The province will adopt the federal minimum standards around home production, including a limit of four plants per household. 

The release also went on to say that The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming (SLGA) selection process for cannabis retail permits is underway: 

"A two-phase selection process will be used to determine the retail operators.  The detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) documents related to the retail selection process are available on www.SaskTenders.ca.  A free user account is required to download the documents.  Questions related to the RFP process must be sent by email to [email protected] Deadline to respond to the RFP is April 10, 2018 at 2 p.m."

Additional information on Saskatchewan’s Cannabis Framework can be found at www.Saskatchewan.ca/cannabis.

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