Muscowpetung pioneered First Nations into the cannabis retail business, bucking the provincial government’s licensing system, claiming it has the authority to govern and create laws on its own land. For one year Mino Maskihki has operated on the First Nation, under its own laws and regulations.
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It has been one year since Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation opened Mino-Maskihki “Good Medicine” Cannabis Dispensary, and Chief Anthony Cappo says it has been challenging but overall successful.
FSIN hopes to see cannabis discussions continue in fall legislature session: First Nations communities selling recreational cannabis, despite not having official permission to do so from the province, are expressing their treaty rights
This audio was recorded at the September 4-5 2019 AFN National Cannabis Summit at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.
Canada’s indigenous peoples, known as First Nations, want to get in on the legal cannabis action — or, in some cases, to continue to prohibit marijuana, in spite of federal legalization.
Today, cannabis presents a new and legitimate economic opportunity. Penalizing Indigenous communities for pursuing it would be unconscionable. Instead, federal and provincial governments must fosters cannabis-related economic development.
First Nations jurisdiction an important tool for development: Both the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and the Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation have seized the opportunity and established cannabis dispensaries under the jurisdiction of their First Nations
The dispute pitting the Saskatchewan government against two First Nations with pot shops on reserve is rife with ‘intricate’ legal issues, according to a legal expert who sees a 25-year-old battle over a casino as the closest historic parallel.
With provincially unregulated pot shops now operating on two Saskatchewan First Nations, Justice Minister Don Morgan says they’re definitely “problematic” and he wants the federal government to address the issue.
Sask. justice minister urging federal government to enforce on-reserve pot stores that are regulated by the First Nation but through the provincial government's regulator, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.