Article by Jillian Taylor, CBC News
Three Manitoba First Nations are joining forces to help establish a cannabis distribution network in the province.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Peguis First Nation are banding together with National Access Cannabis, a health-care service provider that helps patients access medical cannabis through a licensed producer.
Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches said cannabis is an economic opportunity for First Nations.
“Although the cannabis industry might not be the saviour for our First Nations, Indigenous people, it will go a long way in helping provide sustainable development in the years to come,” he said. “Our people need to work. We need to lift our people out of poverty … the struggle for economic independence is real.”
NAC and the three First Nations are finalizing a proposal to be one of the province’s licenced retailers.
will open simultaneously on July 2. He said OCN will open a NAC store in the Otineka Mall.
The plan is to open up shop on urban reserve land and on First Nations, which will also create jobs.
Long Plain hopes to have three locations: at the Madison Reserve in St. James, at its urban reserve in Portage la Prairie and in its community.