In November 2018, the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation announced the opening of the Mino-Maskihki Cannabis Dispensary. The same week, the First Nation filed a lawsuit against the provincial government in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench.
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Many First Nations are looking to benefit from cannabis legalization, often by partnering with existing licensed producers. But some are going further, arguing that they have the inherent right to produce and sell cannabis on their reserves, regardless of federal and provincial laws
The chief of a First Nation operating an unlicensed cannabis store says another meeting is planned with the Saskatchewan government on the issue.
In a two-page letter addressed to Chief Anthony Cappo of Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, SLGA regulatory services division vice-president Fiona Cribb said the SLGA and provincial government officials would be willing to meet with the First Nation to discuss its cannabis store, but stopped short of threatening any action.
Saskatchewan's justice minister is to meet next week with the chief of a First Nation that has opened an unlicensed cannabis store.
The provincial government maintains that the First Nation went ahead and opened its pot shop without a provincial license. The First Nation, on the other hand, stated that it passed its own band legislation with an 86 per cent majority voting in favour.
A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres northeast of Regina after the band passed its own cannabis legislation. Justice Minister Don Morgan said Tuesday the province wants the store to shut down.
Saskatchewan’s justice minister says an unlicensed cannabis store on Indigenous land northeast of Regina is illegal.
Muscowpetung First Nation will open the doors to its own marijuana dispensary under its own cannabis act, the Muscowpetung First Nation Cannabis/Hemp Act.