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 …

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.

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.

National Indian Cannabis Coalition

Established in the United States in 2015, the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC) was formed to guide tribal entities through the initial considerations and challenges associated with entering the regulated cannabis market. NICC’s initiatives include helping create self sufficient communities, decreasing reliance on federal funding and positioning Indian Country as leaders in agricultural industrial hemp production. NICC intends to shift the dialogue from one primarily focused on medical or recreational marijuana in Indian Country to a conversation about hemp as a tool for economic development. Today, while there are more than 30 nations growing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 2: Criminalizing Traditional Teachings

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Today | September 29, 2014 Four times a day, Crandy Johnson prays in his Native Tuscarora language and uses a homemade tincture made from traditional herbs. Crandy, 72, and his brother Tracy, 74, are second-generation metal-workers who spent their working years as “steelwalkers,” perched atop skyscrapers, bridges and other structures from New York to Alaska during the construction boom after World War II. During an interview in Tracy’s home on the Tuscarora reservation in northwestern New York, the brothers talked fondly of their career. “We did everything,” Tracy said. “We were on top of buildings and pipelines Read More …

Cannabis in Native American’s Culture and Religion

By M. Allister Greene | CannabisDigest.ca | April 2012 Less than 500 years ago, this land had tens of millions of people, from thousands of different cultures that lived from the Arctic to the tip of South America, and spread from one coast to the other, in every environment on these continents. We lived, we breathed, we fought, we loved, we made mistakes and we grew as a part of the earth. This land had roads that carried materials, stories, and knowledge that connected the peoples of this land to one another. And then it was all taken away, as Read More …

The Tricky Relationship Between Marijuana and American Indians

Winona LaDuke | Inthesetimes.com | Dec 19, 2015 “You have an unmotivated person and you become more unmotivated on cannabis. I am afraid that the self esteem of our people is not going to handle legalizing it well.” —Kevin Shore, White Earth tribal member, Gulf War Veteran using VHA prescribed medical marijuana for his chronic condition. “I think that decriminalizing recreational use would benefit our people greatly since so many of us use it and many have been incarcerated for possessing it.” —Martin Reinhardt, Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. It’s time to reconsider the Read More …

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 …