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 …

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 …

Siksika wants to build 25,000-square-foot medical marijuana facility

By Anna Brooks | Calgary Herald | Nov 4, 2016 The Siksika Nation could be the first indigenous people in Alberta to produce medical marijuana on-site. An application was filed in July 2016 to Health Canada to grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana on Siksika land, a decision approved by the Siksika Nation chief and council. Council member Marsha Wolf Collar said after researching and observing trends across Canada and the U.S., the council determined the construction of a medical marijuana production facility is a smart move for business and community reasons. “As a First Nation, we believe in a holistic view of health,” Wolf Collar Read More …

Burns Lake resident starts medicinal marijuana company

By Flavio Nienow | Burns Lake Lakes District News | Dec 12, 2016 About four years ago, Burns Lake resident and former Burns Lake Band Chief Wesley Sam thought First Nations patients from across Canada could benefit from increased access to medicinal marijuana. Sam envisioned that increased access to medicinal marijuana could help First Nations struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by residential schools, as well as various addiction issues. As the idea developed, Sam worked with Marc Storms, Chief Executive Officer of GMG Consulting, to advance the concept, and then partnered with Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the 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 …

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 …

Ontario First Nation to grow medical marijuana

Facility could provide up to 100 jobs for the Wahgoshig First Nation CBC News Posted: Nov 27, 2015 4:52 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 30, 2015 8:01 AM ET A tiny northern Ontario First Nation has announced plans to get into the medical marijuana business. The Wahgoshig First Nation, near Kirkland Lake, is partnering with an Ontario company called DelShen Therapeutics to convert a former forestry operation into a facility that will grow “pharmaceutical grade” pot. The medical marijuana grown will be a strain developed in the Netherlands, specifically for medical purposes. The entire operation is expected to cost $18-million. In a press Read More …