We believe that it is time to stop the ineffective, racially biased, and unjust enforcement of marijuana prohibition and to create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice. Why Should We Legalize? Reduce harm The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access. Create jobs Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law.
The answer carries historical importance. Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas have long harvested, traded and smoked a wide variety of plants, including tobacco and cannabis, for recreational, medicinal and ceremonial purposes.
For some Indigenous leaders, legalization of the cannabis industry represents a chance at future prosperity — green gold, if you will, for Indigenous communities. A burgeoning trade in tobacco on reserves continues to be a target of law enforcement.
The former Harper government, for instance, created a new offence for trafficking in contraband tobaccointroducing a minimum prison sentence for repeat offenders while Legalization of cannabis was in office, cutting off an economic lifeline.
In Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory east of Belleville, more than 30 storefront dispensaries — from dedicated medical compassion Legalization of cannabis to more permissive operations — dot the main strip.
Kunkel is in the process of organizing the first Indigenous Cannabis Cupwhich will be held on Tyendinaga May The event will showcase Indigenous cannabis vendors and also serve to demonstrate a simple truth: Decolonizing cannabis is all about being left alone.
Likewise, University of Manitoba law professor David Milward, who is of Cree ancestry and writes extensively on racial prejudices in the Canadian justice system, sees liberation in legalization — a potential big victory in the fight for Indigenous communities to get back on equal footing in Canada.
But Indigenous communities are not provinces. Questions about distribution, health and enforcement play out differently on reserves than they do elsewhere.
Those closer to urban centres tend to be more supportive, but leaders of remote communities with fewer opportunities to benefit financially have concerns about the lack of resources to promote education around cannabis and its uses. Legalization will work just fine, says Milward, if the feds are willing to grant reserves a form of sovereignty and allow them to more or less figure it out for themselves.
Hanging over the possibility of an equitable cannabis industry for many Indigenous people is whether or not the country will be able to enforce its new regulations fairly. Ottawa and the provinces, which have reached a deal on divvying up tax revenue from cannabis saleshave issued warnings that new weed laws will apply on reserves.
But not all First Nations agree on that framework. Raids of dispensaries have been carried out by reserve officers on the Six Nations reserve. There is good reason for Indigenous communities to be wary: The government has not explicitly viewed the question of cannabis legalization as one with a distinct Indigenous dimension.
Neither Minister Petitpas Taylor nor MP Bill Blair, who led the federal-provincial legalization task force, were available for an interview. Once again, Indigenous communities are being told that everything will be fine, so long as they trust the government to live up to its end of a very large nation-to-nation bargain.
For obvious reasons, many see this as a tall order. Back in Tyendinaga, Kunkel says there is plenty the cannabis industry and Indigenous communities can learn from each other.
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