Yukon First Nations See Potential Opportunity in Cannabis Industry

Article by Mike Rudyk, CBC News

Yukon First Nations see potential opportunity in cannabis industry 'We know it is starting to happen out there, all we are trying to do is to see if it works for us' Mike Rudyk · CBC News. 'We are looking at seeing whether or not cultivating cannabis is the right thing to do at this point,' says Nelson Lepine, CEO of the business wing of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. (Claudiane Samson/Radio-Canada). The Carcross/Tagish First Nation predicts a cannabis growing operation could create 20 to 30 full time jobs in their community. (CBC News). 'Is legalization going to make it more accessible and more readily available to our young people? And what could be some of the consequences?' asks Steve Smith, chief of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. (Mike Rudyk/CBC)

Stigma may once have kept First Nations from talking much about cannabis, but as perceptions shift and legalisation approaches, some are wondering about the business opportunities.

In Yukon, some First Nations leaders say they have been researching the growing industry in hopes of getting in on, or near, the ground floor.

The Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation has been talking to grow operations elsewhere in Canada, to figure out whether it’s feasible in Yukon.

“Well, we are looking at seeing whether or not cultivating cannabis is the right thing to do at this point,” said Nelson Lepine, chief executive officer of the management corporation.

“We know it is starting to happen out there, all we are trying to do is to see if it works for us in terms of the direction that we are going,” says Lepine.

The First Nation predicts a cannabis growing operation could create 20 to 30 full time jobs in their community — such as a master grower, quality assurance positions, harvester/trimmer positions, and so on.

The idea is on the agenda for the Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s next meeting this summer.

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