Oneida Grapples with Cannabis Sales While on the Road to Regulation

Article by CBC News

London Oneida grapples with cannabis sales while on the road to regulation Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Email First Nation's council issuing suspensions at the beginning of May CBC News About a dozen cannabis stores have popped up on Oneida, according to chief Hill. (David Horemans/CBC) Jessica Hill is the elected chief of Oneida Nation of the Thames. (Submitted)

The chief and council of Oneida Nation of the Thames, a community south of London, want to ensure the safety of their First Nation’s members who have been subjected to increased sales of cannabis in the community.

Council, which only supports the sale of medicinal cannabis, is in the early phases of establishing rules and regulations around the sale and distribution of cannabis. It’s also coming up with requirements that would allow pot shops to operate legally as Oneida band recognized stores.

However, since last October, when the federal government legalized recreational cannabis, Oneida has seen up to a dozen pot shops open in and around the community, according to elected chief Jessica Hill.

Council is trying to proactively “work with [the store owners]” to take steps toward legalization and regulation in the community.

However, recent challenges have forced council to enforce stricter rules around the sale of cannabis starting May 1.

Suspensions

Council has long rejected the sale of recreational cannabis, alcohol and other illicit drugs. Jessica Hill is the elected chief of Oneida Nation of the Thames. (Submitted)

However, Hill said council supports businesspeople who want to economically benefit from the medicinal cannabis market — especially following legalization and increased regulated sales everywhere.

Back in January, owners of unregulated businesses were given a list of safety measures to follow while council worked on a plan for regulation.

However, Hill said she’s noticed some business owners are selling cannabis in variety store establishments, which is a practice she finds problematic.

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