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OPP cannabis enforcement unit ‘looking into’ unlicensed Indigenous store in London

The owner of Spirit River Cannabis says he is simply upholding his constitutional rights From CBC by Colin Butler December 15 2022 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. “[The…

This Indigenous cannabis shop in London, Ont., could be major test for Ontario’s pot retail laws

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.

Cannabis Harvest Gathering conference expected to draw delegates from Canada and U.S.

From Castanet by Jon Manchester November 18 2022 Canadian and U.S. Indigenous leaders are expected to take part in a conference in Vernon this weekend discussing First Nations’ future in the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry. The Cannabis Harvest Gathering takes place Friday through Sunday at the Vernon Lodge and Syilx Okanagan Trading Post.…

Supporters join Chris Googoo at courthouse to defend Micmac Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

DARTMOUTH, NS – Over 40 people accompanied Chris Googoo to his court date at the Dartmouth courthouse on October 11th, 2022. Googoo, an Elected Councillor and entrepreneur in Millbrook First Nation, is raising a constitutional challenge to defend his Aboriginal and Treaty rights to sell cannabis on unceded Indian lands after his shop was raided by the RCMP. Councillor Googoo’s shop in Cole Harbour was raided along with several others on December 23rd, 2020. He was charged under the Cannabis Act with “possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling,” and “possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis.”

Joyce, Mast point to bigger problems than cannabis law enforcement on tribal lands

From The Ripon Advance EDITORIAL October 11 2022 Following an Oct. 6 executive order from President Joe Biden to pardon people convicted of marijuana possession, U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Brian Mast (R-FL) urged the president to also address the enforcement of federal cannabis laws on tribal lands. “We…

GOP Lawmakers Urge Biden To Help Indigenous Tribes Left Behind By US Cannabis Laws

While Indigenous hemp and marijuana operators see opportunity within the space, bureaucratic, investing and scalability hurdles persist. From Benzinga by Jelena Martinovic October 10, 2022 During a hearing earlier this year before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) pointed out that Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funds are being used to interfere in the Tribal…