Cannabis Shop on Ontario’s Fort William First Nation ‘Not a Legal Entity’ for Sale of Cannabis Say Police

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Pot shop on FWFN ‘not a legal entity’ for sale of cannabis say police Bubba’s Bud and Smoke on Fort William First Nation was expected to open Tuesday afternoon but Anishinabek Police Service say it is not a legal cannabis dispensary and it is being investigated. The parking lot at Bubba's Bud and Smoke was filling up Tuesday afternoon as people anticipated the opening of the establishment on Fort William First Nation. But Anishinabek Police Service say it is not a legal entity to sell cannabis products.

A so-called pot shop on the Fort William First Nation that was rumoured to open on Tuesday is in fact illegal according to Anishinabek Police Service.

More than two dozen people gathered outside of Bubba’s Bud and Smoke located on City Road Tuesday afternoon for the opening. A sign out front also advertised that the establishment was ‘now open.’

According to Insp. Derek Johnson with the Anishinabek Police Service, the store is not a legal entity to sell cannabis products at this point in time.

“We are following up with a preliminary investigation,” he said. “We have reached out to our policing partners as well as the joint forces provincial cannabis enforcement team for assistance in the matter and we will be following up with the investigation.”

The provincial government approved 25 physical establishments to sell cannabis products in Ontario and Johnson said the one on Fort William First Nation is not one of them.

“There is the federal cannabis act and provincial cannabis control act, which both have offences related to the possession, distribution, and selling of cannabis products,” he said. “Depending on the evidence retrieved as a result of this investigation, we will determine what sort of charges are potentially issued or at least investigated.”

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