Saskatchewan First Nations & Marijuana

There are 70 First Nations in Saskatchewan. Each is contempating and preparing for the impact of marijuana legalization on their communities.

Saskatchewan Cannabis Legislative Framework

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.

Source: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/cannabis-legalization-and-regulation/saskatchewans-responsibilities

Cannabis Opportunities for Saskatchewan First Nations

Onion Lake Cree Nation

Marijuana Dispensary

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

Marijuana Retailer

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

Marijuana Retail

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.

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