Uncertainty envelops impact of federal pot law on First Nation territory

  By Jorge Barrera | APTN National News | September 14, 2017 The federal Liberal government’s point-man on legalizing marijuana said more talks between Ottawa, the provinces and First Nations are needed to sort out how the looming pot law will apply on reserves. Liberal MP Bill Blair, who is also parliamentary secretary for justice, said while provinces and territories will be responsible for developing regulations and distribution models for marijuana within their jurisdictions, it remains to be determined how those will be applied on First Nation territory. “It’s an ongoing discussion between the three levels of government,” said Blair, a former Read More …

Tyendinaga police considering “pro-active policing” against Indigenous cannabis on reserve

Police, Chief say Mohawk pot illegal By Jason Miller, The Intelligencer Tuesday, July 11, 2017  The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate ‘proactive policing’ to address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. “There is a plan of action, but I’m not looking to put it out at this point,” said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk of continuing operation without proper licences. “I still have another meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in action.” No Read More …

Legacy’s Next Level: 7500 square foot HQ opens on “Cannabis Day”

  By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – If there was one downside to Legacy 420’s old location, it was the parking lot. That parking lot was small, pitted with giant potholes, and of course, always full. So when owner Tim Barnhart decided to build a new state-of-the-art facility at 346 York Rd., putting in a big parking lot was at the top of his priorities. And yet, on July 1st – Cannabis Day – there was Barnhart, staring out at his filled to capacity 100 car parking lot, and seeing parked cars stretching down both sides of the road Read More …

It’s time to end Vancouver’s wasteful war on weed for good

By Dana Larsen,  Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada | Huffington Post | June 2nd, 2017 Media coverage of Vancouver’s 4/20 protest festival is very different from that given to every other event in the city. While stories about festivals like Vaisakhi or the Pride Parade focus on the revenues generated by local businesses and the economic benefits these community events bring, our cannabis event is viciously attacked in the media as some kind of drain on civic resources. In fact, the complete opposite is true. B.C.’s cannabis industry is one of our province’s biggest economic engines. Read More …

The ‘Cannabis Revolution’ and Native and non-Native cooperation

BAY OF QUINTE – Carl is a 7th generation Irish-Canadian farmer and carpenter who lives near the Bay of Quinte, on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. He believes that there is a “Cannabis Revolution” currently underway. In this interview he talks about the local cannabis industry, and how the opening up of nearly a dozen cannabis dispensaries in Tyendinaga has affected the local non-native cannabis market. This interview was recorded in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory by Tom Keefer on May 23rd, 2017.

Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis

By LAYLA HALABIAN | Sep 16 2016 | Vice.com North of Las Vegas’s bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they’ve suffered from and struggled with poverty, depression, and alcoholism. With dwindling numbers—only 56 adult members currently remain as a result of blood quantum laws—the Paiutes are facing the reality of losing their culture forever. As detailed on last week’s episode of VICELAND’s Weediquette, the Las Vegas Paiute Smoke Shop is the lifeblood of the Paiutes, providing the reservation with 85 to 90 percent of its revenue. With the tribe’s fragile Read More …

Is Indigenous cannabis an “aboriginal right”?

How an Ontario Court ruling on Indigenous medicine might affect the “Aboriginal right” of Indigenous people growing and selling cannabis. Table of Contents Justice Edward’s groundbreaking ruling on “Aboriginal Right” Are Indigenous Medical Cannabis Dispensaries an “Aboriginal Right” What defines an “Aboriginal Right”? Aboriginal people have no rights that the Canadian system is required to respect Implications for the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Industry Between equal rights, force decides   By Tom Keefer  In 2014, Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward made a groundbreaking ruling in a case having to do with Aboriginal rights and Indigenous medicine. The case before him concerned Read More …

Trudeau’s Handling Of The Cannabis Industry Risks Public Safety

By Tim Moen, Leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada | Huffington Post As a firefighter/paramedic I have been on the front lines of public safety for over two decades. A couple of years ago I testified as an expert witness (fire officer) in the Allard vs. Canada case where a number of licensed cannabis growers brought a constitutional challenge against the government of Canada who had shut down the program that allowed them to legally grow their own medical cannabis. Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis was brought in by the Crown to testify as an expert witness who had Read More …

Jamie Shaw on dispensaries, access, and cannabis as treatment

by Amanda Siebert | March 17th, 2017 | Georgia Straight Long before she served as an expert witness in the landmark case that saw a federal judge rule that Canadians have a constitutional right to grow their own medical marijuana, it was the unexpected advice of a doctor that led Jamie Shaw to visit a compassion club for the first time. The lobbyist, writer, and communications expert has spent almost 20 years in the cannabis industry, working to create more streamlined access to marijuana, both locally and nationally. Seated across from the Straight at a West Broadway cafe, Shaw remembers the Read More …

Media Release: Cannabis Dispensaries to Set Up Their Own Testing System

By Wire Service | March 8, 2016 Blocked from the federal medical marijuana testing system, dispensaries are creating their own. WireService.ca Media Release (03/08/2017) VANCOUVER, BC – The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is moving to set up testing standards and protocols to ensure the safety of the cannabis member dispensaries are selling. Association President Jeremy Jacob says, “We believe consumers should be empowered to make educated choices about the cannabis products they buy, so we are moving to set up a rigorous, independent and transparent cannabis testing system.” CAMCD promotes a regulated community-based approach to cannabis access Read More …