Chris, Kyle and Cody Caplin are brothers who live at Ugpi'ganjig and who have been on the front lines of the Micmac fight for economic sovereignty for years. Like hundreds of other Indigenous entrepreneurs, when Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, Chris and Cody Caplin opened a sovereign trading post to sell cannabis on reserve. With wide ranging support for the use of cannabis as a medicine in the community, five other cannabis shops followed the lead of the Medicine Cabinet, and have helped to build a thriving cannabis economy in the community.
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In December of last year, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service carried out multiple raids in Membertou First Nation in violation of the constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty Rights of several Mi’kmaq men. On December 13th, 2022 the municipal police force entered into federal “lands reserved for Indians” and raided the premises of Sully's Trading Post and Belly Busters Pizza & Donair to enforce provincial laws.
Sewatohwat Cannabis recently opened at 430 Richmond St., just north of Dundas Street, without approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the province’s pot regulator.
On Dec. 3, Spirit River Cannabis in London, Ontario, officially opened its doors with no provincial licensing in place, Dispensing Freedom reported. The business says it will operate 24 hours a day and is offering $20 ounces, completely tax-free.
The Ontario Provincial Police unit responsible for cannabis enforcement says it is currently "looking into" an Indigenous-owned cannabis retail store operating without a licence in London, Ont.
An area cannabis retailer has complained to the City of London about an unsanctioned Indigenous-run 24-hour pot shop running out of a trailer.
On Thursday, November 24th Spirit River Cannabis celebrated with a soft opening of London Ontario’s first sovereign cannabis retail space. The store which is located at 72 Wellington Street is now open to the public welcoming anyone who wishes to purchase tax-free flower, concentrates, vaporizers, edibles, topicals, tinctures, and other quality-tested cannabis products.
An unlicensed, Indigenous-owned cannabis retail store has opened its first urban location in London, Ont., looking to claim space in a crowded marketplace by selling cannabis its own way — potentially setting the stage for a major test of Ontario's cannabis retail laws.
A sovereign Indigenous cannabis dispensary has opened up in the heart of London, Ontario with the goal of transforming Canada’s history of “economic genocide” into a new era of peaceful “economic reconciliation” between Indigenous people and the city.
From Castanet by Tracey Prediger November 22 2022 The Syilx Cannabis Coalition will be asking the federal government for “autonomy” when it comes to the production, distribution and sale of cannabis on territorial land. The ask comes in the form of the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED – The Government of…