Visions of a Sacred Tree

By Chris Bennet | November 5, 1995 | Cannabis Culture Several researchers have indicated that the use of cannabis by the native peoples of what is now known as North America pre-dates the arrival of Europeans in 1492. Early explorer Jacques Cartier, who was from a hemp growing district in France, reported hemp growing here and in use by the native Indians. 1 Solid historical evidence of Native American use of cannabis was provided when archaeologist Bill Fitzgerald discovered five hundred year old pipes in Morriston, Ontario. Resin scrapings showed that the pipes contained “traces of hemp and tobacco that is Read More …

National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association is launched

By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – On Saturday, March 25th, over 30 Indigenous people gathered in Tyendinaga 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. Saturday’s meeting was a followup to an initial meeting held in Tyendinaga on January 28th, 2017. At the meeting an interim National Executive was selected and sworn in. The national organization is comprised of representatives from each province and a President, Secretary Read More …

Report From Native Nations Conference: Increasing interest in cannabis industry among Native American bands

Brian MacIver | Cannabis Business Times VANCOUVER – Dozens of representatives from Native Americans groups across North America traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Native Nations Events conference on “The Canada Marijuana Boom: Opportunities in Indigenous Territory,” held Oct. 3-4. The conference featured speakers ranging from cultivation gurus to native chiefs, from legal specialists to industry advocates, with panels focusing on the business opportunities and advantages native nations have when it comes to joining the cannabis industry. And at the end of the two-day conference, the message was unanimous: Native American bands are ready to join the marijuana boom. “I believe that Read More …

Diversity in dispensaries: Fostering innovation in new medical marihuana regulations

  Kathleen Thompson –  Originally Published March 31, 2016 In 2016, opportunities currently exist for eco-friendly, economic innovation to benefit historically disadvantaged citizens in the changing Canadian medical marihuana industry. Various scholars and commentators in business, public policy, and the media have discussed how the Trudeau government’s marijuana legislation might look. This paper highlights the role of Indigenous communities, civil society, the business community and interested citizens in a process that includes co-developing medicinal marihuana dispensaries. The practical knowledge of dispensary owners and workers can help co-create an innovative, regulated and safe medicinal marihuana industry. An effectively regulated dispensary distribution Read More …