Article by Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
The Six Nations elected council is making clear to residents on the territory that police will enforce current laws concerning the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes until use of the drug is legalized next year.
Meantime, council says it is developing its own policy focusing on community well-being in preparation for the potential change by Ottawa.
“Today, the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes is still illegal everywhere across the country,” elected Chief Ava Hill and council said in a statement issued on the council’s website and through social media.
“Storefront operations known as ‘dispensaries’ are not licensed by Health Canada and are considered illegal. Until federal legislative amendments have been enacted to legalize and regulate the use and sale of cannabis, Six Nations elected council remains of the position that cannabis is a controlled substance.
“As such, and in the absence of applicable Six Nations laws and regulations, the elected council considers cannabis subject to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Anyone caught dispensing cannabis and/or its derivatives, within the territory outside of the current legislative law, does so at the risk of being subjected to enforcement by Six Nations police.”
Hill was not available for comment Wednesday.
Police already have demonstrated they are prepared to enforce the current law.
Officers executed a search warrant on April 18 at a store called Medixinal, on 1147 Highway 54, north of Ohsweken.
“The sole purpose of this business was the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana and cannabis products,” Six Nations police Chief Glenn Lickers said in a statement issued at the time.