It has been one year since Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation opened Mino-Maskihki “Good Medicine” Cannabis Dispensary, and Chief Anthony Cappo says it has been challenging but overall successful.
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Canada’s indigenous peoples, known as First Nations, want to get in on the legal cannabis action — or, in some cases, to continue to prohibit marijuana, in spite of federal legalization.
In November 2018, the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation announced the opening of the Mino-Maskihki Cannabis Dispensary. The same week, the First Nation filed a lawsuit against the provincial government in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench.
A First Nation operating a cannabis dispensary without a provincial permit has laid the groundwork for taking the federal and Saskatchewan governments to court.
Saskatchewan's justice minister is to meet next week with the chief of a First Nation that has opened an unlicensed cannabis store.
A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres northeast of Regina after the band passed its own cannabis legislation. Justice Minister Don Morgan said Tuesday the province wants the store to shut down.