Article by Donna Sound and Solarina Ho, CTV News
Troy Antone calls himself a cannabis entrepreneur. He was in the cigarette business, but changed after the Trudeau government made cannabis legal two years ago.
His store, on Oneida Territory, operates with COVID-19 protections, a security guard, but no regulatory oversight. And he’s not alone: cannabis shops are opening up in First Nations communities across Canada, even as First Nations leaders – like those in British Columbia — have been trying to launch discussions with provinces on ways Indigenous communities can also participate in the cannabis business.
Ontario, for its part, says it’s willing to accommodate First Nations communities on cannabis regulations, but no agreements have been reached so far.