Six Nations will enforce cannabis laws
OHSWEKEN – The Six Nations elected council is making clear to residents on the territory that police will enforce current laws concerning the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes until use of the drug is legalized next year.
Meantime, council says it is developing its own policy focusing on community well-being in preparation for the potential change by Ottawa.
“Today, the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes is still illegal everywhere across the country,” elected Chief Ava Hill and council said in a statement issued on the council’s website and through social media.
“Storefront operations known as ‘dispensaries’ are not licensed by Health Canada and are considered illegal. Until federal legislative amendments have been enacted to legalize and regulate the use and sale of cannabis, Six Nations elected council remains of the position that cannabis is a controlled substance.”
“As such, and in the absence of applicable Six Nations laws and regulations, the elected council considers cannabis subject to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Anyone caught dispensing cannabis and/or its derivatives, within the territory outside of the current legislative law, does so at the risk of being subjected to enforcement by Six Nations police.”
Hill was not available for comment Wednesday.
Police already have demonstrated they are prepared to enforce the current law.
Officers executed a search warrant on April 18 at a store called Medixinal, on 1147 Highway 54, north of Ohsweken.
“The sole purpose of this business was the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana and cannabis products,” Six Nations police Chief Glenn Lickers said in a statement issued at the time.
Officers seized a substantial amount of consumable products, such as cookies, candies, pills and tea bags, all advertised as containing THC, the active narcotic ingredient, Lickers said. Also seized were several pounds of marijuana.
Police arrested five people associated with the operation.
A 41-year-old Ohsweken man and a 45-year-old Hamilton man were charged with trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Also charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking were a 39-year-old Jarvis man, a 36-year-old Hamilton man and a 25-year-old Ohsweken man.
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The full text of the statement from Six Nations Elected Band Council on Possession and Sale of Cannabis:
STATEMENT Ohsweken (July 4, 2017) – Today, the possession and sale of cannabis (marijuana) for non-medicinal purposes is still illegal everywhere across the country. Storefront operations known as “dispensaries” are not licensed by Health Canada and are considered illegal.
Until federal legislative amendments have been enacted to legalize and regulate the use and sale of cannabis, Six Nations Elected Council remains of the position that cannabis is a controlled substance. As such, and in the absence of applicable Six Nations laws and regulations, the Elected Council considers cannabis subject to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA). Six Nations Elected Council is also in the process of developing a policy focusing on community well-being, in preparation for potential legislative amendments surrounding the use and sale of cannabis.
Those producing and selling cannabis for medicinal purposes, licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), may only sell to individuals possessing proper medical documentation. Anyone caught dispensing cannabis and/or any of its derivatives within the Territory outside of the current legislative law does so at the risk of being subjected to enforcement by Six Nations Police.
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