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Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

The government of the Northwest Territories allows adults to consume cannabis on private property where smoking tobacco is allowed, on trails or roadways when not operating a motor vehicle, and parks when not in use for a public event. 

The territory prohibits cannabis consumption in locations frequented by children, such as playgrounds, school grounds, sports fields, and outdoor events.

Age to buy


Must be 19 years old to purchase or possess cannabis

How many plants per household?


Maximum of four cannabis plants per household

How to access

The territory’s liquor commission is responsible for the importation and sale of cannabis. Cannabis to be sold at government-run liquor stores and online. You can shop the NTLCC here.

This information was obtained from various government frameworks on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. For further information on this topic, you should consult the relevant government websites. This section is not intended to provide legal advice and must not be relied upon as such. While we will try to keep the information in this section up to date, we cannot guarantee that the information will be current at all times. For all legal inquiries, please make sure to consult a lawyer.