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 …

Colville Tribes start hemp cultivation and marketing project in Washington

Indianz.com | Monday July 31 The Colville Tribes have joined the hemp industry.The tribe planted an industrial hemp crop on a 60-arce parcel of its reservation on July 9, Chairman Michael E. Marchand announced on Monday. The project is the first of its kind in Washington state.“The Colville Tribes is beginning the project because hemp, along with a wider regenerative agricultural program, can have a significant positive economic impact on our reservation and its members,” Marchand said.Hemp, like its close relative marijuana, is considered illegal under federal law. But a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill authorizes production in states where it has been legalized.Washington legalized hemp 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 …

Position of the Six Nations police service regarding the legalization of marijuana

June 16, 2017 POSITION OF THE SIX NATIONS POLICE SERVICE REGARDING THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIHUANA The pending legalization of Marihuana has caused significant concerns in our Community. Currently a number of rumors are circulating in regards to other “store front” marihuana dispensaries popping up and that these will quickly replace or supplement tobacco shops. The Six Nations Police Service has informed the Six Nations Council that we have every intention of taking enforcement action against any and all illegal marihuana operations. Just recently the Six Nations Police Service shut down a business on Highway 54 purporting to be a medical Read More …

Elected Council at Six Nations supports Canadian enforcement of cannabis laws on reserve

Six Nations will enforce cannabis laws By Michael-Allan Marion, | Brantford Expositor | Wednesday, July 12, 2017 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 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 …

“This is the future” – Medicine Wheel Natural Healing

By Tom Keefer The revolution in natural Indigenous healing associated with the cannabis plant has taken another significant step forward. Readers may be familiar with the booming medical cannabis industry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, where there has been an explosive growth of Indigenous run cannabis dispensaries. That movement has inspired Rob Stevenson, an Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan belonging to the Alderville First Nation, to launch his own business – the first Indigenous medical cannabis dispensary outside of Tyendinaga – on June 21, 2017. Medicine Wheel Natural Healing offers a wide range of products. This includes an array of Read More …

This new Indigenous group wants to harness the healing powers of weed

By Tom Keefer | Vice.com | March 29, 2017 The National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association is helping First Nations grow and sell their own. Last weekend, a few dozen people gathered in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to formally launch a national Indigenous organization to promote and defend the Indigenous relationship to the cannabis plant. Named NIMCA—the National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association—the association is aiming to have branches in every province in Canada. With Canadian legalization expected to begin on July 1, 2018, NIMCA is expressing concern that Indigenous people not be ignored or excluded by the Liberal’s legal weed regime framework. As Kevin Daniels, national Read More …

“Whitewashed” Canada’s legal weed industry has a diversity problem

By Rachel Browne on Jun 1, 2017 Scanning through images of the top brass at Canada’s legal medical cannabis industry reveals a sea of white. Almost all 45 of the federally licensed producers (LPs) are run by white men. They’re currently the only businesses legally allowed to cultivate and sell the product, and only for those with medical prescriptions. And they’re the companies that will continue to lead the recreational market, which the government plans to implement by next year. VICE News asked every LP for detailed diversity information about their executive boards and senior management, and any inclusion initiatives Read More …

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective. Boots talks about the how the longhouse people in Akwesasne developed a proposal to do a legal grow op and his perspectives on the cannabis plant. This interview was conducted on May 22nd 2017 by Tom Keefer.