Process must include “elements that prevent organized crime from taking advantage of our inherent right to exercise jurisdiction as a community.”
In a statement released today, Six Nations Council says the federal government has rushed the implementation process for the legalization of recreational cannabis use across the country, leaving First Nations communities, as well as the provinces and municipalities, scrambling to deal with the implications on the ground.
While revenue sharing has been provided to provinces and municipalities to deal with those implications, the same allowances have not been provided to First Nations.
Six Nations is looking to its community to develop a law that brings economic wealth to the community, while protecting the health and safety of its people.
Six Nations elected council has begun the work of establishing a Cannabis Control process, with the intent of setting out its own regulations and processes that will ensure guidelines with the community in mind.
It is also asking the community to consider a Cannabis Commission to administer the control process.
The statement says the process must be community driven, and include “elements that prevent organized crime from taking advantage of our inherent right to exercise jurisdiction as a community.”