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Cannabis, Sovereignty and the Onkwehon:we

 This is an edited transcript of an interview that Real People’s Media conducted with Kanienkehaka elder Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) in January of 2017. Given the recent attempts by the OPP in Tyendinaga to close down Onkwehon:we cannabis dispensaries, this article is more timely than ever. This article is brought to…

Gary Wassaykeesic visits Legacy 420 in Tyendinaga

TYENEDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Gary Wassaykeesic, a correspondent for Real People’s Media makes a visit to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to check out Legacy 420 for himself. Here’s his reaction to the place and the movement towards building an Indigenous medical cannabis industry. Facebook Comments

Mario and Buzzy Baptiste: rights, responsibilities, and knowing who you are

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Mario and Buzzy Baptiste are two Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) men who have long been involved in the cannabis industry. They were both in attendance at the January 28th meeting of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association in Tyendinaga where this interview was recorded. Mario Baptiste provides his understanding of…

Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association holds inaugural meeting

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – Over 40 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association on Saturday, January 28th. Attendees came from a number of different communities including Tyendinaga, Kanehsatake, Kahnawake, Oneida, Alderville, Pikwakanagan, Golden Lake, Toronto, and from as far away as Calgary, Alberta. The meeting began with…

Tribal Sovereignty and Native Cannabis

By Jason Barker | Weed News, January 19th, 2017 Cannabis on tribal lands has always been a complicated issue. In short, tribes have leeway to legalize cannabis under sovereignty, but sometimes those tribal lands are in states that have not done so. Tribal sovereignty refers to tribes’ right to govern themselves, define their…

‘A bundle of arrows doesn’t break’: The formation of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association

By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY  – ’The times they are a changin’. 10 or 20 years ago it would have seemed quite implausible that a group of Native growers and retailers of marijuana would openly hold a public meeting to discuss the formation of an Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association. But…

Brian Marquis on the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association

Brian Marquis is a Mohawk from Tyendinaga. He has been growing cannabis for over 40 years, and in this interview he speaks about his involvement in the industry and his thoughts on the formation of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association. Facebook Comments

Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) on medical cannabis and the Onkwehon:we

Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson)speaks to Tom Keefer of Real Peoples Media about his thoughts on the draft framework and bylaws of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association, the significance of medical cannabis as a healing herb, and how longhouse people should relate to this growing industry. This interview was recorded in Tyendinaga Mohawk…

Cannabis activists denounce police crackdown

Protestors gather outside Toronto Police headquarters after dispensary raids. Photo by Fernando Acre. Toronto Police raid 43 medical marijuana dispensaries By Fernando Arce (with files from Tom Keefer) TORONTO – On May 26th, Toronto police carried out a major raid on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. According to Chief Mark Saunders, who was…