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Cannabis dispensary on Alderville First Nation wants Ottawa to butt out


Annette Francis
APTN National News
Business has been good at a new cannabis dispensary on Alderville First Nation near Peterboroug, Ontario.

“It’s just amazing seeing all walks of life come through here, so many different people,” said Mel Marsden manager of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing.

They’ve been coming for everything lip balm to skin ointment, candy and, of course, a variety of marijuana.

But the owner said it’s also about creating jobs.

“Were creating an employment boom and economic boom,” said owner Rob Stevenson, “We’re going to have bakers, we’re going to have Indigenous growers and that’s something that we’re really trying to focus on

But as shops like these continue to pop up on First Nations as Canada gets closer to legalizing pot some say there are challenges that need to be looked at.

“I remain optimistic that First Nations will benefit from any revenue generated from these ventures, while historically Ontario First Nations have been neglected in resource revenue sharing with the province of Ontario, this new industry provides an opportunity to turn a new leaf and to examine innovative revenue sharing opportunities,” said Chief Isadore Day of the Chiefs of Ontario.

But Stevenson said there shouldn’t be any interference from Ottawa.

“Each community is different, first of all, and I think it should be up to each community on how dispensaries and growing is run on those communities,” he said.

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4 Responses to “Cannabis dispensary on Alderville First Nation wants Ottawa to butt out”

    cheapest nba 2k18 coins xbox one for sale in u4nba September 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

    Too bad we must return them.

    Herb Terry September 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    The title of this article is inappropriate. The phrase “butt out” suggests a confrontation. The owner merely meant that each jurisdiction should look after its own needs and not dictate rules for other communities.

    123456 September 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    Apparently all dispensarys will be shut down once weeds legal

    Darcy McKenzie September 16, 2017 at 12:54 am #

    Sovereignty isn’t requested or negotiated, it is practiced. Rob Stevenson and his family and Nationare practicing and living their sovereignty and the governments need to start respecting it. Nice job Rob and family!