Chief Wiindawtegowinini Isadore Day of Serpent River First Nation in Ontario is a visible and confrontational activist Chief who has challenged the government of Canada on many fronts (including attempting to force his way through a group of Mounties and into the House of Commons during the 2013 Idle No More Indigenous rights protests). Chief Day has been adamant that First Nations should consider cannabis an economic engine for sovereignty in their communities.
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- In an op-ed this week, he argued First Nations had developed a robust and reliable supply chain that was more efficient than that of licensed producers.
- “Unlike the tobacco industry where only a few become rich,” Day predicted, “we now have the opportunity to spread the wealth, which will improve the health and well-being of our communities.”
- Recent research from the University of British Columbia found “a high proportion” of residents in Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown East Side community use cannabis for medical purposes, even if they don’t officially buy MED.
- Some farmers are switching to hemp to capitalize on the CBD boom, but others caution the trend may pass quickly. In the meantime, they caution against planting a large plot of hemp unless they have a partnership with a processing plant.
- Vikings may or may not have grown and used cannabis when they occupied sites in Newfoundland between the 11th and 13th centuries.