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Six Nations council, cannabis commission clash with community members who want to sell

Community-driven cannabis coalition calls statement a ‘slap in the face’ From cbc.ca Original Article by Dan Taekema Jule 2 2020 In December of 2017 Dispensing Freedom conducting an in-depth survey on attitudes towards cannabis in Six Nations, the results of which can be seen here. The Six Nations of the…

First Indigenous cannabis licence holder can finally turn the lights on at new dispensary

‘The most important thing for me to say is thank you to the Nipissing First Nation community for saying ‘yes’ to allow this. Without that, we definitely would not be here’ From BayToday.ca original article by Linda Holmes June 29 2020 Zachary Lacelle, owner of Northern Zen Cannabis wasn’t sure…

Pot shop raided again

Indigenous pot store once again target of Community Safety Unit From castanet.net Original Article by Kelsie Kilwana June 27, 2020 Tupas Joint, in downtown Vernon, had products seized by the Province of B.C.’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) for the second time this month. Officials seized the items for the second…

B.C. Interior First Nation breaks ground on farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility

From VernonMorningStar.com Original Article by Rebecca Dyok June 23 2020 It was a momentous day for the Williams Lake First Nation, formerly known as the Williams Lake Indian Band, that broke ground on B.C.’s first farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility. A ceremony was held under cloudy skies Monday morning on reserve…

Former national chief says First Nations leadership have ‘no authority’ over cannabis dispensaries

Del Riley authored two sections of Canada’s Constitution Act affirming existing aboriginal and treaty rights. Decades later, they’re being used as a line of defence for the on-reserve cannabis industry From SooToday.com Original Article by James Hopkin June 23 2020 Although Del Riley is lending his roughly four decades of…

VIDEO – Batchewana Police receive letter and agree to “come to an arrangement” with dispensaries after National Aboriginal Day police station rallies

A new step in a dialogue was made on Sunday as Sergeant Jim Sayers of the Batchewana Police (OPP) agreed with dispensary owners that criminalization doesn’t work to address rights issues; and offered to “sit down, talk about it, come to an arrangement” as Anishinaabe people. OPP Provincial Liaison Team…

Tensions flare at former Camp Ipperwash

From theobserver.ca Original Article by Tyler Kula June 20 2020 A shop was burned down, another damaged, and a firearm appears to have been drawn – and a suspect arrested – in what Kettle and Stony Point First Nation’s chief called a tense and hostile situation reminiscent of the deadly…

Pushed to its limits by provincial stalling, Millbrook polls residents on how to proceed with band-endorsed cannabis sales

From thechronicleherald.ca Original Article by Harry Sullivan June 16 2020 MILLBROOK, N.S. —  Millbrook First Nations residents are being asked for their opinions on how they want the band council to proceed regarding the endorsed sale of cannabis products. Millbrook and other First Nations communities within Nova Scotia have invested…