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First Nations invested in marijuana selected to open Manitoba retail stores

Melissa Ridgen
Several First Nations in Manitoba invested in the recreational marijuana business got some good news Friday.

Manitoba has picked four companies to open retail stores in the province once it is legal, as expected this summer.

Fisher River Cree Nation, teamed up with a consortium of Ontario and American businesses, was picked.

National Access Cannabis is another company, which has teamed up with Brokenhead, Longplain, Peguis, Nelson House and Opaskwayak First Nations.

“The Manitoba government is very interest in retail opportunities and economic development and felt it was important to include in our request for proposals a component for Indigenous communities to be involved,” said Blaine Pedersen, minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair it’s no different than one of the first items traded in Canada.

“This is an emerging market and it’s no different than the fur trade a couple hundred years ago where Indigenous people would benefit from that industry,” said Sinclair. “We see this as a similar opportunity where were getting in on the ground floor.”

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3 Responses to “First Nations invested in marijuana selected to open Manitoba retail stores”

    Mary February 20, 2018 at 2:20 am #

    As a person interested in medical uses of cannabis, I support the inclusion of First Nations in the industry and the profits. We should all work towards education for both medical and recreational uses. The progress towards regulation means that we can reach out to people who use cannabis in an irresponsible way, and can help to make it an asset. We humans need to work together.

    Paul 13 February 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    Hats off to the Pallister gov to allow First Nations to conduct business in the mj sector
    First Nations leaders are well educated , knowledgeable and will succeed well . Jobs will also be created to help others in their community

    Audrey February 19, 2018 at 5:01 am #

    Ongwehonwe People are free to set up a community based cannabis industry. It is already providing organic and plant based alternatives to big pharm business. Why be affiliated with the province? We have land, experience and the need to be self sufficient under treaty and rights.