Article by Teviah Moro, The Hamilton Spectator
Six Nations Elected Council has passed a law to regulate cannabis in its territory.
The band office conducted community consultations before approving the law that lays out regulations for marijuana cultivation, distribution, sales and use.
The 22-page document says the law is meant to “protect the health and safety” of Six Nations, the most populous First Nation in Canada.
It also says the regulations, approved last month, are also meant to “prevent interference by external law enforcement into Six Nations domestic affairs.”
The law stipulates eight per cent of a vendor’s sales must be handed over to the band office at the end of each month to go toward community projects.
“Council will hold the community contribution funds in trust until the community identifies priority areas for the funds to be utilized.”
The minimum age to cultivate, distribute, sell and use recreational marijuana is 19. Nobody is allowed to smoke or vape in public, including around schools, longhouses and churches.