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With website closure, Yukon completes handover of cannabis retail sales to private sector

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As of October 17, 2022, the Yukon Liquor Corporation’s Cannabis Yukon website will no longer sell cannabis products to Yukoners.

The Government of Yukon announced today that the Yukon Liquor Corporation’s Cannabis Yukon website is now closed, leaving cannabis e-commerce to private licence holders.

The announcement—which comes on the four-year anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada and of the launch of the Cannabis Yukon website—notes the website is being re-purposed to provide wholesale purchasing options to the Yukon’s licensed retailers.

In May 2022, Yukon’s government introduced new regulations that allowed Yukon cannabis stores to sell and deliver cannabis. This latest move to shut down the provincial website is the final piece of moving these online sales and delivery to the private sector. 

“I am pleased to fulfill our commitment to transfer all cannabis retail, including online sales, to the Yukon’s private, licensed retailers,” said the minister responsible for the Yukon Liquor Corporation, Ranj Pillai. “The Yukon’s cannabis industry continues to see year-over-year growth and I look forward to seeing the industry continue to thrive, responsibly serve Yukoners, and contribute to our territory’s economy.”

There are currently six licensed cannabis retailers open in the Yukon, and one federally licensed producer. The list of retailers can be found here. In October 2019 the Yukon closed its flagship cannabis retail store, handing over the brick and mortar cannabis market to the private sector. 

Yukon sold more than $6 million worth of cannabis in 2020, with profits of $1.4 million, up from $1.2 in the previous year. The most recent annual report for 2021-2022 has not yet been released.

Featured image via Triple J’s Canna Space, a cannabis retailer in Whitehorse, YK

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