Tyendinaga police considering “pro-active policing” against Indigenous cannabis on reserve

Police, Chief say Mohawk pot illegal By Jason Miller, The Intelligencer Tuesday, July 11, 2017  The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate ‘proactive policing’ to address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. “There is a plan of action, but I’m not looking to put it out at this point,” said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk of continuing operation without proper licences. “I still have another meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in action.” No Read More …

Position of the Six Nations police service regarding the legalization of marijuana

June 16, 2017 POSITION OF THE SIX NATIONS POLICE SERVICE REGARDING THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIHUANA The pending legalization of Marihuana has caused significant concerns in our Community. Currently a number of rumors are circulating in regards to other “store front” marihuana dispensaries popping up and that these will quickly replace or supplement tobacco shops. The Six Nations Police Service has informed the Six Nations Council that we have every intention of taking enforcement action against any and all illegal marihuana operations. Just recently the Six Nations Police Service shut down a business on Highway 54 purporting to be a medical Read More …

Elected Council at Six Nations supports Canadian enforcement of cannabis laws on reserve

Six Nations will enforce cannabis laws By Michael-Allan Marion, | Brantford Expositor | Wednesday, July 12, 2017 OHSWEKEN – The Six Nations elected council is making clear to residents on the territory that police will enforce current laws concerning the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes until use of the drug is legalized next year. Meantime, council says it is developing its own policy focusing on community well-being in preparation for the potential change by Ottawa. “Today, the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes is still illegal everywhere across the country,” elected Chief Ava Hill and council said Read More …

Toronto marijuana arrests reveal ‘startling’ racial divide

By JIM RANKIN Feature reporter, SANDRO CONTENTA News Staff Reporters and Andrew Bailey Data Analyst | Toronto Star | July 7th 2017 Black people with no history of criminal convictions have been three times more likely to be arrested by Toronto police for possession of small amounts of marijuana than white people with similar backgrounds, according to a Toronto Star analysis. They’ve also been more likely to be detained for bail, the data shows. The disparity is largely due to targeting of Black people by Toronto police, according to criminologists and defence lawyers interviewed by the Star, who note that surveys show little difference in marijuana use 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.

‘We’re dealing with a lot of deep trauma’: B.C. Aboriginal peoples turn to culture for healing amid overdose crisis

  by Nick Eagland | Vancouver Sun | April 2, 2017 The morning of his sister’s funeral, Jonathan Ewenin walked out of Vancouver General Hospital not knowing why he’d slept there. Rail-thin, dazed and alone, he worried what his sister, Mary Bee, would have thought of him and of how he’d almost missed the chance to say goodbye. It was Nov. 4, 2016, Ewenin’s 19th birthday. A fentanyl overdose had nearly killed him the night before, Ewenin later learned. His 26-year-old sister died Oct. 22. Her cause of death remains unknown. Ewenin rushed to St. James Anglican Church in the Downtown Eastside for the funeral service, which was Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 1: Losing Land, Culture, Tradition

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Media Network | September 26, 2014 The way Tracy Johnson tells it, the plateau of land overlooking Niagara Falls and nestled among the Finger Lakes of northwestern New York once was covered in fields of hemp. The natural herb, interspersed with rows of corn, was evidence of centuries of inhabitation by the Tuscarora, now a dwindling tribe on a tiny sliver of land. The Tuscarora, or Ska-ru-ren, are the “people of the hemp,” “hemp gatherers” or “shirt-wearers,” so-named because they traditionally wore shirts made of woven hemp, said Tracy, who is one of about 660 enrolled members Read More …

Is Indigenous cannabis an “aboriginal right”?

How an Ontario Court ruling on Indigenous medicine might affect the “Aboriginal right” of Indigenous people growing and selling cannabis. Table of Contents Justice Edward’s groundbreaking ruling on “Aboriginal Right” Are Indigenous Medical Cannabis Dispensaries an “Aboriginal Right” What defines an “Aboriginal Right”? Aboriginal people have no rights that the Canadian system is required to respect Implications for the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Industry Between equal rights, force decides   By Tom Keefer  In 2014, Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward made a groundbreaking ruling in a case having to do with Aboriginal rights and Indigenous medicine. The case before him concerned Read More …

Overgrow Canada 2017!

Dana Larsen has a plan to overgrown the Canadian government and to effectively decriminalize marijuana. He is giving away five million cannabis seeds‎ in packs of 100 to the first 50,000 people that register by April 20th, 2017. This year we’re giving away only one variety of seeds, a strain we’ve named “Freedom Dream”. This variety is grown industrially for seed production.‎ The seeds are not feminized, and will be roughly half males and half females. Freedom Dream plants will grow to about five feet tall. Females will ‎produce flowers with a very low THC level, and around 8-12% CBD 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 …