Cannabis Commission permit applications coming in 30 days

SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) announced today they expect applications for permits will be ready within thirty days.

The statement was posted to the Commission’s Facebook and Twitter pages Friday and comes shortly after Ontario says 8 licenses will be made available to First Nations communities in the province.

SNCC says provincial First Nations Cannabis licenses will not be considered a valid permit on the territory.

“Six Nations of the Grand River established a Cannabis Law in early 2019. All cannabis activity on Six Nations requires a permit from the Six Nations Cannabis Commission in accordance with the Six Nations Cannabis Law,” says the statement.

In a letter to First Nations Chiefs across the province, Chief Strategy Officer for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Martha Otton says that while First Nations reserves who choose to open authorized cannabis retail stores with the provincial licensing will follow federal and provincial regulations — it will not “impede Ontario’s continued discussions with First Nations communities who are developing, or looking to develop, their own approach to cannabis legalization.”

According to the Six Nations Cannabis Law, only band members who have reached the age of 19 and have never had a criminal record, or have received a pardon can apply for a permit.

The Commission also warned the community that participation in the illicit cannabis industry on the territory may affect the success of applications.

No Six Nations Cannabis permits have been issued yet.

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