In Burns Lake, an Indigenous-owned company wants to replace vanishing forestry jobs with new jobs in pot production. Nations Cannabis plans to renovate a former mill in Decker Lake to cultivate 25,000 square feet of marijuana.
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There has been confusion over the legality of dispensaries doing business on First Nations land without a provincial licence, selling unregulated cannabis products.
An indigenous-controlled company is in the process of converting a now-vacant Burns Lake sawmill into large-scale cannabis grow operation.
An indigenous controlled cannabis company in Burns Lake is hoping to soon open their doors. NATIONS received a building permit and are in the process of construction.
Burns Lake-based Nations Cannabis is set to become the first Indigenous band in British Columbia to operate a licensed Cannabis growing facility. A leader in the Indigenous cannabis business, Nations Cannabis is currently going through the late-stage federal licensing process.
Cultivating, buying or selling cannabis could provide economic support to those First Nations devastated by a downturn in the province's forest industry.
Nations Cannabis readies to begin plant build: Burns Lake-based Nations Cannabis held its groundbreaking ceremony on April 30 as the company moves forward with its plan to open a production facility near Decker Lake.
Might mill workers become pot growers in Burns Lake, B.C.? Nations Cannabis is holding a job fair this week in a northern British Columbia mill town, as it prepares to transform an idled wood products mill into a large marijuana production facility.
Rensby added that it would be important for Indigenous developers to have an opportunity for self-determination in the project, which is slated to be First Nations-owned and co-managed.