As legalization of recreational marijuana approaches, the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kahnawake, Que., is in the final stages of deciding how to regulate the burgeoning industry on the reserve.
“Until the governments really want input from First Nations, because we’ve seen it’s been very minimal, we have to continue to move forward,” said Gina Deer, the portfolio chief for cannabis on the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK).
Kahnawake’s proposed Cannabis Control Law is being developed through the Community Decision-Making Process, a consensus-based model for amending and creating legislation.
On Tuesday night, residents had an opportunity to weigh in on the law for the first time since the latest draft was released. The information session was one of two organized by the MCK’s cannabis working group to explain its approach to cannabis legalization.
Representatives from the working group said Quebec’s cannabis regulations will not apply in their territory and their law is invoking “the exclusive right and jurisdiction to regulate and control cannabis within its territory.”