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 …

Phil Fontaine enters marijuana business

By: Mia Rabson Winnipeg Free Press 12/6/2016 4:42 PM OTTAWA — A former national indigenous leader is launching a new venture to take weed to reserves. Phil Fontaine, former head of both the Assembly of First Nations and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, will lead Indigenous Roots, a medical marijuana company with a goal to build and operate licensed facilities to provide the drug to First Nations patients. “I’ve been interested in this for some time,” Fontaine said Tuesday. “We know this is an under-served population. Indian people deserve to have access to quality products.” Indigenous Roots will partner with Cronos Read More …