SIX NATIONS — Applications for cannabis production are ready, the Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) has announced.
The SNCC, which was created in spring 2019 and is funded by Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council, was tasked with coming up with recommendations on how to operate the cannabis industry on Six Nations.
The SNCC operates at arm’s length from council and was mandated to conduct background work, research, interviews, and data collection to make recommendations to council on how to harmonize the local cannabis industry with federal and provincial standards. The SNCC was also tasked with developing recommendations to avoid any industry monopoly on Six Nations, while maintaining community health and safety.
Applications for production permits are the first step in what the commission says will be a fully functioning commission by the new year.
The SNCC will review the applications for cultivation and manufacturing permits through a two-phase process.
Some of the requirements for applicants include:
-must be a member of Six Nations of the Grand River
-applicant must have a Certificate of Possession or proof of land owner consent for the property in question
-the applicant agrees to meet with the commission to discuss their proposal, preliminary site and application eligibility criteria, among other requirements
The SNCC is expected to conduct an in-depth environmental assessment of the property and an environmental management plan may be expected from applicants.
There will be a 15-day public notice period during which residents near the proposed facility will be informed of the proposed project and asked for their feedback. The applicant must place a placard in a conspicuous location on the proposed property.
The phase one application fee is $5,000. The phase two application fee is $15,000.
Phase two involves security clearances and background checks on individuals wishing to pursue a license, as well as inspections of proposed manufacturing facilities.
More information on the application process is available on the SNCC Website at www.sncannabis.com.