First Nations leaders argued that no matter who wins the coming election, that government will need to give First Nations jurisdiction over cannabis law within their territories.
- The question of Indigenous jurisdiction was ignored during the drafting of the Cannabis Act, which does not contain the words “First Nations,” “Indigenous,” or “Indian.”
- Leaders warned this is a recipe for jurisdictional conflict.
- Giving First Nations jurisdiction over cannabis in their territories would prevent every case like the recent Anishinabek Police Service/OPP raids in Wahnapitae First Nation from potentially becoming a costly and endless constitutional/treaty-rights challenge. If we can avoid that, everybody wins.
- Tyendinaga Legacy 420 dispensary worker/journalist Jordan Brant spent August buying only legal cannabis and documented spending and product quality. The amount of cannabis he consumes in a month cost $642.82 from the Ontario Cannabis Store—and $360 from his dispensary in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
- Pot-stocks pugilist Betting Bruiser reported the Ontario Cannabis Store is offering product procurement for Cannabis beverages at rates of “$2.50 335ml can, $2.75 473ml tall can, $8.15 750ml bottle—Effectively making it 2x-3x more expensive then Beer.”