Healing Herbs at Buddie’s Apothecary in Tyendinaga

By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY- Buddie’s Apothecary provides a wide range of traditional Indigenous medicines to treat all your health and wellness needs. Niwahkwaritaa (Niwa), a Mohawk man from Tyendinaga, established Buddie’s Apothecary in the fall of 2016 to meet a growing need for herbal remedies on reserve. Niwa’s youthful appearance is matched by a groundedness and deep seated drive for success. The father of two young children, Niwa is looking to build a business that will provide for his growing family. As a Mohawk brought up in the longhouse, Niwa has a deep seated involvement in his people’s Read More …

‘A bundle of arrows doesn’t break’: The formation of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association

  By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY  – ’The times they are a changin’. 10 or 20 years ago it would have seemed quite implausible that a group of Native growers and retailers of marijuana would openly hold a public meeting to discuss the formation of an Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association. But with decades worth of court rulings advancing the constitutional rights of Canadians to self medicate with the Cannabis Sativa plant, popular perceptions of marijuana are changing, and the medicinal value of the plant is being embraced. Add to this an indigenous population going through a demographic rebound, and politically Read More …

The Legacy Grows: Medical Cannabis in Tyendinaga

By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Business is booming at Legacy 420, Tyendinaga’s first medical cannabis dispensary. Day after day, from morning until night, the parking lot and storefront at 5965 Old Hwy 2 in Tyendinaga is packed with customers looking to purchase medical marijuana to treat their ailments. According to owner Tim Barnhart, most of his customers are coming from off reserve, and they largely consist of a mature clientele, many of whom are suffering from significant health problems. For them, the fact that Barnhart’s store is a short drive from Highway 401, one of Canada’s busiest highways, Read More …

The legacy of Tim Barnhart

By Tom Keefer | First published on realpeoples.media TYENDINAGA – Tim Barnhart is a man who wants to leave a legacy. The 56-year-old Mohawk man from Tyendinaga is working on a plan to bring medical marijuana to the masses. If he’s successful, that legacy will mean that native and non-native people will be able to access safe and high quality medical marijuana at dispensaries on reserves across Canada. Barnhart is the owner/operator of Legacy 420, a medical marijuana dispensary in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and he is at the forefront of a growing movement to decriminalize marijuana and make it available to Read More …