There are 70 First Nations in Saskatchewan. Each is contempating and preparing for the impact of marijuana legalization on their communities.
Saskatchewan is currently working on the framework for the new legalization of cannabis laws. The government has been conducting a survey from the public to better determine the needs from the citizens. The following information is proposed regulations. More input from the public is needed before the regulations can be finalized.
- The minimum legal age to purchase, use, possess, and consume will either be 18 or 19.
- The maximum amount of plants that can be grown in a private residence is proposed to less than four.
- Further discussion and research needs to be done for taxation, retailing, use in public areas, distribution, workplaces, and driving.
- Zero tolerance will be given to drivers 21 years old and younger that are found to be driving impaired.
Onion Lake Cree Nation
The Onion Lake Cree Nation has been approved to submit an application to sell marijuana. There are currently no plans to proceed with the application process. The First Nation has not voted on the issue as of yet on if they wish to proceed.
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation was one of the three bands that were given permission to apply for a marijuana retail license. It is unknown if members of the band will show interest in perusing the license.
Lac La Ronge Indian Band
The Lac La Ronge Indian Band was the third band to be given permission to apply for a marijuana retail license. A wellness treatment recovery center has been a project the band has been working towards. It is possible a marijuana could fit within those plans. However it is highly controversial and something that they will decide on at a later time.
January 24, 2018
The White Bear First Nation is considering options for operating a marijuana dispensary on their reservation.
They believe it may be another resource for revenue and job creation for the area.
A list of areas that could develop a dispensary was released by the provincial government. However White Bear was not on the list. Just north of Carlyle is their reserve.
According to the released list Moosomin, Weyburn, or Estevan would be the closest marijuana dispensary location. These would be nearly an hour away.
A White Bear dispensary could offer cannabis to Carlyle, Kenosee Lake, and Arcola.
The on-reserve dispensary would have to be approved locally first. The meeting to approve the proposed project could happen next month.
The provincial government is also in discussion with the band.
If the project is approved by the community, it would be the first in Saskatchewan that was approved non-provincially.
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