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Senate Report on Indigenous Cannabis – Cannabis Life Network

June 27, 2023

A Canadian Senate committee report on Indigenous cannabis has some common-sense solutions.

The report suggests the federal government reduce cannabis red tape to include more First Nations. In particular, the Senate report suggests giving First Nations authority to regulate their own production and retail of cannabis.

This suggestion is one of many in the Senate report titled “On the Outside Looking In: The Implementation of the Cannabis Act and its Effects on Indigenous Peoples.”

As per the Senate report,

For First Nations, jurisdiction is a complex and contentious issue involving multiple orders of government, making it unclear where law-making authority resides… The regulation of legal [cannabis] activity was left to the provinces and territories. The problem for First Nations, however, is that the Government of Canada decided not to exercise its powers over First Nations and their lands. Instead, the federal government chose to let the provinces and territories determine the sale and distribution of cannabis for First Nations.

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