“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 …

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.

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 …

Indigenous people speak out at 420 rally in Ottawa

  OTTAWA – Representatives for the National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association (NIMCA) were invited speakers at the Ottawa 420 event on April 20th, 2017. In this video by Clifton Nicholas, NIMCA members speak about the newly proposed Canadian Cannabis laws and the need to include indigenous people in the process. For more information about NIMCA check their Facebook page.

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 …

Not a pipe dream: Aboriginals set sights on selling marijuana

By Christopher Curtis | Montreal Gazette | March 28 With the federal government on the verge of creating a multi-billion dollar legal marijuana industry, Brian Marquis worries aboriginal people will be left high and dry. Marquis, 57, is a patient at the Legacy 420 dispensary on the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Kingston, Ont. And after nearly three years of frequenting the business, he says he has seen the financial potential and medical benefits of cannabis. Now he wants to see storefront dispensaries sprout up in reserves across Canada: providing an economic engine that will help lift indigenous people out of poverty and, he says, provide Read More …

Elected Band Council discusses cannabis in Tyendinaga

By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA – It is no secret that the cannabis industry is booming in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. There are now eight different medical dispensaries on the territory, and it seems like more are opening every week. On the morning of Monday, February 20th, 2017, the Elected Band Council of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory received a presentation from local businessman and cannabis proponent Tim Barnhart. Barnhart is the owner of Legacy 420, a store he opened two years ago as the first cannabis dispensary in an Indigenous community in Canada. Armed with a thick brief of reports and studies spread Read More …

Ex-AFN leader teams with grower to bring medical marijuana to First Nations

By Gloria Galloway | Globe and Mail | Dec 06, 2016 Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has teamed up with one of the first licensed cannabis growers to bring medical marijuana to First Nations. Indigenous Roots is a joint venture between Mr. Fontaine and Cronos Group, which operates the Peace Naturals Project in Ontario and In The Zone Produce Ltd. in British Columbia. It would work co-operatively with First Nations to supply people living on and off reserves with the drug. In a news release issued Tuesday morning, the partners say the idea is 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 …