Del Riley helped write sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. Last week, the former Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood (which became the Assembly of First nations) from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation told a cannabis discussion at Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island, “Your treaty rights [often containing guarantees of protecting businesses] are constitutionally protected. We’ve always run our own businesses, we’ve always traded all sorts of goods. We’ve never had to have licences for our businesses before.”
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A year after Akewsasne Mohawk Police Services raided dispensaries in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory licensed by the traditional Longhouse (a rival government that disputes the jurisdiction of the elected and federally recognized Mohawk Council of Akwesasne), the parties have arrived in court.
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  • Jared Jock, whose dispensary was raided, will argue the constitution allows Longhouses to approve their own dispensaries without approval from the MCA.

At Eskatoni First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia, there were two instances of children being accidentally served THC-infused edibles. First, students, teachers, and parents attending a winter feast were accidentally served molasses cake believed to contain THC, sending some to hospital.
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  • Several days later, a four-year-old girl was hospitalized after eating THC-infused chocolate.
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  • “I think we look pretty amateur, man,” resident Christopher Bernard told CTV News, “when it comes to the cannabis, man.”

Quick Hits

  1. Industry may not like Health Canada’s slow rollout, conservative packaging, and draconian advertising rules, but some American analysts watching figure this isn’t the worst way to legalize REC.
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  2. Université de Montréal postdoctoral addiction neuroscience fellow Dr. Shaun Khoo argued it was unethical for LPs to fund research on cannabis due to fear of pressure or incentivization creating industry-friendly studies.