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This new Indigenous group wants to harness the healing powers of weed

By Tom Keefer | Vice.com | March 29, 2017 The National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association is helping First Nations grow and sell their own. Last weekend, a few dozen people gathered in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to formally launch a national Indigenous organization to promote and defend the Indigenous relationship to the cannabis plant. Named…

Mohawk Council Considering The “High” Road

Membership and marijuana highlighted the first Mohawk Council of Kahnawake community meeting of 2017 with predictably controversial results. Medical Marijuana With expectations that the federal government will legalize recreational marijuana use by 2018, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is exploring the idea of entering the industry and is now looking…

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…