On National Aboriginal Day, protestors picketed Anishinabek Police Services stations in Batchewana and Garden River First Nations to protest the APS’s controversial raids on First Nations dispensaries. They argued police were failing to respect traditional Anishinaabe authority structures.
- Batchewana police seemed willing to compromise, agreeing to “sit down [… and] come to an arrangement [as Anishinaabek]” at some point in the near future.
In other First Nations Cannabis News:
In Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, ON, a dispensary was burned to the ground during a dispute over REC retail in the First Nation. A Hereditary Chief called dispensary owners “invaders […] trying to pollute our community.”
Ontario organization the Indigenous Justice Group demanded an investigation into why OPP claimed they raided dispensaries outside Oneida of the Thames First Nation in collaboration with Chief Jessica Hill, who denied requesting or allowing the raid.
St Thomas Journal
Williams Lake First Nation, in BC, broke ground on the province’s first farm-to-gate cultivation/retail facility.
Williams Lake Tribune
Lawyer and NORML Canada executive director Caryma Sa’d argued the sector cannot avoid discussing racism since prohibition exists because of it, and contemporary drug policing reflects that heritage.
Inside the Jar
Vice asked all 45 major federally licensed producers for detailed diversity information about their managers and executives. Only 20 responded and of those, just two said they had visible minority executives or senior managers, though many were quick to argue they had gender parity.