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“We don’t feel like the province has adequately consulted us, we were not involved in the process of consultation from the get-go. We do not know how they came up with their formula, we did not hear about it until the day of their announcement,” FSIN second vice-chief David Pratt said.
The provincial government announced this month that across Saskatchewan, 60 cannabis retail permits will be issued in 40 municipalities or First Nation communities with a population of at least 2,500. Along with storefronts, retailers will also be able to sell marijuana online.
According to lawyer Donald Worme, the province should have consulted with First Nations before unveiling their plan.
“Clearly there is an obligation and a duty to consult when the province in engaged in certain activities that might otherwise impact on treaty or Aboriginal rights,” Worme stated.
However for some First Nation communities, this means a long drive to buy marijuana in person.
“We have no population base close by greater than 2,500, so you know there could’ve been sort of a catchment area or some kind of regional approach established so that there is no gaps in access for people,” Sakimay First NationChief Lynn Acoose said.