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Akwesasne challenged by developing cannabis economy

By Leslie Logan Complex community divisions surface; opportunity for community-based, community-designed regulatory system develops The Mohawks of Akwesasne have never shied away from economic opportunity, even if it involved risk. When the Canadian government legalized medical cannabis and then moved towards legalizing recreational marijuana across its ten provinces and three…

Gathering to workshop a framework for Anishnabek self-regulation of the cannabis industry

On Saturday, March 9th, 2019 the Mississauga of Rice Lake Cannabis Association will be hosting a day long meeting in Alderville to bring together Anishinabek cannabis growers and dispensary owners to discuss, improve, and possibly adopt a common framework of self-regulation and community governance that puts the regulation and economic benefit…

Violence in Akwesasne as protestors clash with Mohawk police over dispensary raid

by Alan S. Hale, Standard Freeholder, February 23, 2019 AWKESASNE — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is pleading for calm after a protest in front of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service headquarters became violent on Friday night, resulting in a police SUV to be stolen by protesters and burned on…

Sovereignty, partnerships, licencing themes of Indigenous conference on cannabis

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 12:25pm | Windspeaker “This is a golden opportunity for all First Nations to get into the game.” — Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation Two federal ministers spoke at a conference in Ottawa this week which gathered Indigenous cannabis and hemp industry leaders to discuss next steps…

Cannabis ventures could have been part of reconciliation, conference hears

JOANNE LAUCIUS Updated: February 20, 2019 A panel of federal bureaucrats got an earful at a national Indigenous cannabis and hemp conference in Ottawa on Wednesday. The message: Getting a slice of the cannabis industry should have been part of Canada’s reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples — but that opportunity…