Ontario First Nations have the authority to set their own cannabis laws and license their own retail outlets. But federal law still requires those stores to buy from a provincial regulatory body, side stepping the sovereignty of Indigenous communities.
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City council voted to allow cannabis stores in Thunder Bay nearly a year ago, on Jan. 15. Since then, a dispensary on Fort William First Nation was shut down by the band, while an operator who was approved to operate a shop was disqualified
Ontario will disband the current lottery system, as well as the process governing First Nations applications, on Jan. 6 and allow anyone interested in applying for a retail operator licence to do so from that date.
Canada’s high flying cannabis sector falls on hard times over retail: Stocks of several large Canadian cannabis producers fell between 15 and 28 per cent since Monday, which began a week of bad financial news from several of the industry’s heavyweights.
Pot producers implore Ontario to open more stores: Ontario is home to nearly half of Canada's 243 licensed cannabis producers, and the lack of retail outlets has already been flagged as one of the most serious challenges facing the burgeoning industry.
Fort William First Nation has been given the go-head by the Alcohol, Gaming Commission of Ontario to open a cannabis outlet in their community. But Chief Peter Collins says it's far from a done deal.
Ontario’s regulatory agency for cannabis retail stores has invited five more applicants from Nipissing First Nation to apply for a store authorization and operator licence. The announcement was made, without consulting the First Nation's Band Council.
Pikakakanagan women to open second cannabis shop: “To me it’s just two differently licensed shops. One would be licensed by Ontario, which I’m totally entitled to apply for, and one would be licensed by my own government, which I’m also entitled to have.
There are currently eight cannabis dispensaries on the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and soon, one could become legal. Owner of Madashk, Sherry Kohoko, says she applied for a license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario (AGCO).
The Pikwàkanagàn First Nation near Ottawa will get to apply for a retail cannabis store licence, representing the ninth pot shop on the territory and the only government-sanctioned one.