Article by Teviah Moro, The Hamilton Spectator
The Six Nations Nations elected-band council is proposing a minimum age of 21 to use, grow, distribute and sell recreational marijuana in its territory.
That’s older than Ontario’s threshold of 19 for pot in Canada’s new legalized landscape.
The proposed age limit is in draft cannabis regulations the most populous First Nation in Canada has released for community feedback.
“The age of 21 was suggested to protect the young people,” Chief Ava Hill said Thursday.
Exceptions are to be made for people under 21 who possess marijuana prescribed for medical reasons.
Hill noted the draft would go back to council to decide next steps following a forum that was to be held Thursday night.
The 22-page document makes clear Six Nations’ intention to assert autonomy through a law tailored to its needs.