Colville Tribes start hemp cultivation and marketing project in Washington

Indianz.com | Monday July 31 The Colville Tribes have joined the hemp industry.The tribe planted an industrial hemp crop on a 60-arce parcel of its reservation on July 9, Chairman Michael E. Marchand announced on Monday. The project is the first of its kind in Washington state.“The Colville Tribes is beginning the project because hemp, along with a wider regenerative agricultural program, can have a significant positive economic impact on our reservation and its members,” Marchand said.Hemp, like its close relative marijuana, is considered illegal under federal law. But a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill authorizes production in states where it has been legalized.Washington legalized hemp 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 …

This new Indigenous group wants to harness the healing powers of weed

By Tom Keefer | Vice.com | March 29, 2017 The National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association is helping First Nations grow and sell their own. Last weekend, a few dozen people gathered in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory 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. With Canadian legalization expected to begin on July 1, 2018, NIMCA is expressing concern that Indigenous people not be ignored or excluded by the Liberal’s legal weed regime framework. As Kevin Daniels, national Read More …

“Whitewashed” Canada’s legal weed industry has a diversity problem

By Rachel Browne on Jun 1, 2017 Scanning through images of the top brass at Canada’s legal medical cannabis industry reveals a sea of white. Almost all 45 of the federally licensed producers (LPs) are run by white men. They’re currently the only businesses legally allowed to cultivate and sell the product, and only for those with medical prescriptions. And they’re the companies that will continue to lead the recreational market, which the government plans to implement by next year. VICE News asked every LP for detailed diversity information about their executive boards and senior management, and any inclusion initiatives Read More …

It’s time to end Vancouver’s wasteful war on weed for good

By Dana Larsen,  Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada | Huffington Post | June 2nd, 2017 Media coverage of Vancouver’s 4/20 protest festival is very different from that given to every other event in the city. While stories about festivals like Vaisakhi or the Pride Parade focus on the revenues generated by local businesses and the economic benefits these community events bring, our cannabis event is viciously attacked in the media as some kind of drain on civic resources. In fact, the complete opposite is true. B.C.’s cannabis industry is one of our province’s biggest economic engines. Read More …

Toronto’s public health chief wants pot possession decriminalized now

Dr. Eileen de Villa urges Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana until legislation to legalize it comes into force in July 2018. By BETSY POWELL City Hall Bureau | Toronto Star | Mon., June 5, 2017   Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational pot until legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis comes into force in July 2018. “Given that cannabis possession will soon be lawful in Canada, it is recommended that the Board of Health urge the federal government to immediately decriminalize the possession of non-medical cannabis for personal use,” says a new Read More …

‘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 …

The Liberal Party elite is heavily invested in the medical marijuana Licensed Producers mail-order business

By Potfacts.ca Anne McLellan is engaged by the law firm Bennett Jones LLP, that describes itself as a ‘very entrepreneurial law firm’ that wants to be the ‘go to’ law firm for licensed producers (LPs) of marijuana in Canada. This is what should disqualify McLellan for the appearance of a conflict of interest. But then Justin Trudeau was first introduced to “legalization” by Tweed Marijuana licensed producer cofounder Chuck Rifici, who has gotten rich as a consequence of his investment in his LP, and who has been agitating for all competing dispensaries and cannabis sellers to be arrested and shut down. Rifici is also the chief Read More …