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B.C. ignoring First Nations goes far beyond cannabis: It flies in the face of established Aboriginal Rights and Title in Canada

“Reconciliation is not just words. Reconciliation is action.”– B.C. Premier John Horgan From insidethejar.com Original article by Amanda Siebert December 11 2020 Canada’s legal cannabis industry presents an agricultural opportunity of profound potential for First Nations and their governments; one could also argue that participating in such an industry is…

MCN passes medical marijuana law

Reservation commission recommended medical marijuana law passed unanimously making tribal policy on medical use more clear From mvskokemedia.com Original Article by Angel Ellis November 10 2020 OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation considered and unanimously passed traffic laws that would update the tribe’s criminal and traffic codes in order…

OPINION: Who is profiting off of cannabis in Canada? Not those who suffered most under cannabis prohibition

from theglobeandmail.com Original Article by Nazlee Maghsoudi and Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah October 14, 2020 Nazlee Maghsoudi is Knowledge Translation Manager, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation (CDPE), and Doctoral Candidate, Health Services Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology,…

Six Nations People’s Cannabis Coalition creates interim agreement, 6 shops open, 31 more to come

A grassroots coalition has emerged – in the face of Band Council opposition and violent police raids – to set rules and to ensure the safety of Indigenous cannabis industry at Six Nations. From realpeoples.media original article July 13 2020 SIX NATIONS – The ongoing saga of cannabis dispensaries at Six…

Clashes raise thorny question: How (or if) to regulate First Nations pot shops

From lfpress.com original article by Max Martin July 4 2020 Separate disputes over illegal pot shops near Southwestern Ontario Indigenous communities weeks apart highlight the complexities surrounding how First Nations cannabis stores ought to be regulated, if at all. On June 4, Middlesex OPP raided six illegal pot shops on…

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…

Del Riley blazes trail for Indigenous cannabis stores with speaking tour and gifting of Constitutional certificates

Riley, with a lifetime of leadership at every level of Indigenous politics – local, regional, national and international – is now turning his mind to the issue of cannabis, and believes that Sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act can be used to protect the Indigenous right to use cannabis as a medicine and means of economic sustenance.