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Fort McMurray group planning one of Canada’s first Indigenous cannabis operations

Fort McMurray #468 First Nation hopes to start construction of a plant in May on its land near Gregoire Lake, about 50 km southeast of Fort McMurray, says a spokesman for a Vancouver company consulting on the scheme. The operation is designed to produce 2,600 kilograms of pot annually — possibly…

‘A huge economic opportunity:’ Akwesasne embracing legal pot

By ELIZABETH PAYNE: October 24, 2018, Ottawa Citizen Video coverage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avJaddut0JA&feature=youtu.be Some dispensaries in Akwesasne will have their legal Canadian pot delivered by boat to avoid bringing it through the U.S. where it remains very much illegal, but despite the unique geographical challenges, the reserve is poised to become a…

‘The happy smoke’ is coming: Elder wants to teach people about cannabis using simple language

Randi Beers • CBC News • Oct 05, 2018 Non-profit group hosts workshop to learn how First Nations communities are coping with legalization Ellen Smith says Fort McPherson isn’t ready for cannabis. That’s not to say it’s bad or harmful — Smith just wants her community to understand what’s coming. She adds the key to getting…

Peguis First Nation a partner in what may be Manitoba’s biggest cannabis cultivation facility

By Lenard Monkman · CBC News · Posted: Oct 16, 2018  Winnipeg facility expected to employ 150-200 people One First Nation is preparing to be a major player in Manitoba’s cannabis industry and hopes to provide jobs for its members in the process. “We have entered into all aspects of the cannabis industry — from production, to…

Indigenous Bloom the only dispensary operating in Chilliwack with the dawn of legalization

By JENNIFER FEINBERG, Oct. 17, 2018, Reprinted from The Chilliwack Progress Ashwell Drive storefront is on Kwaw-Kwaw-A-Pilt First Nation land operating under a new ‘cannabis law.’ Indigenous Bloom was doing some brisk retail business on the day that cannabis became legal in Canada. The Ashwell Drive location on Kwaw-Kwaw-A-Pilt First Nation…

Toronto police raid 5 marijuana dispensaries as retail locations still not permitted

By Nick Westoll Digital Broadcast Journalist  Global News, Global News Just two days after cannabis was legalized across Canada, Toronto police say drug squad officers raided five marijuana dispensaries across the city Friday afternoon. “Just as before Oct. 17, we are enforcing the laws and we are continuing to do so. Anybody who remains open is…

How one indigenous leader plans to become a titan of the pot industry in Canada

Reprinted from CTV News. Video Coverage here. OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Manitoba — The drums echoed across the empty muddy parking lot outside the local hockey arena as if a call out to the entire community. Despite the howling winds and subzero temperatures, almost instantly dozens began to arrive. By foot,…