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Black and Indigenous people are overrepresented in Canada’s weed arrests

By Rachel Browne. Reprinted from VICE News. First published April 18, 2018. Black and Indigenous men and women have been overrepresented in cannabis possession arrests across Canada in the years since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, according to a VICE News investigation based on police data obtained through freedom of information…

Major Market Opportunities on First Nations Land

NEWS PROVIDED BY Marketnewsupdates.com.  Originally published Apr 12, 2018, 08:30 ET Emerging Advanced Resources Could Rock The Canadian Cannabis Industry  PALM BEACH, Florida, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —  The Canadian cannabis industry may have to triple its supplies to meet market demand. Health Canada is projecting that cannabis demand will soar to 1 million kilograms…

Sahtu chiefs disappointed after being ‘shot down’ on cannabis ownership proposal

By Katie Toth. Reprinted from CBC News North. Originally published April 30, 2018. Liquor stores will be the ones to sell cannabis, N.W.T. government proposal says  (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Some Sahtu chiefs in the Northwest Territories are disappointed the territorial government won’t let their First Nations sell cannabis when it…

BONOKOSKI: First Nations to Justin Trudeau: Don’t walk on our grass!

When it comes to our First Nations, Justin Trudeau projects a blood-brother relationship with our country’s indigenous communities, complete with an appropriated Haida tattoo, stresses the need for reconciliation to deal with the wounds of intergenerational trauma and abuse, but falls woefully short of doing anything substantive to lessen poverty and substance addictions.

Senators Calling For Cannabis Legalization Delay To Address Indigenous Issues

By Joshua Ostroff. Reprinted from Lift & Co. The Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples is calling for a one-year delay to resolve social and economic concerns The Canadian Senate, our federal government’s unelected house of “sober second thought,” is again pushing back on the Liberals’ cannabis legalization legislation. But while…

Proponent First Nations and the FNTC work to create a First Nation Cannabis Tax and Regulation option

Originally published April 28, 2018. Reprinted from FNTC website. The FNTC has been working with proponent First Nations to advance a First Nation cannabis tax option since March 2017. The FNTC made proposals about this option in April 2017 to the Minister of Justice and in August 2017 to the…

BONOKOSKI: Troubling smoke signals: One Ontario reserve already has 26 pot shops

The crapshoot involving the Trudeau Liberals’ rush to legalize marijuana before the summer’s end just got its timeline potentially thrown into disarray with the Senate recommending a year’s delay evaluate the harmful effects it may have on our indigenous communities. If only they knew it’s already a fiasco. Members of…