Elected council carries on regular duties via videoconferencing

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council is carrying on with the work before them as many other governing bodies and businesses are in the face of physical distancing — by utilizing video conferencing via Zoom.

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Six Nations Cannabis Commission Chairperson Nahnda Garlow gave an update on the work of the Cannabis Commission.

Garlow said the Commission is beginning work with a legal team and a number of consultants in the area of business, environment, technology and public relations to build an interim policy to expedite cannabis business as a means of addressing some of the economic losses Six Nations could be facing due to traffic restrictions and physical distancing measures across the territory.

Some of the work being expedited includes establishing a cannabis testing facility, facilitating medical cannabis research that is Six Nations specific and working out procedural details of building a Six Nations internal pardon system for violations of the Cannabis Act — giving Six Nations an independent process of addressing violations of the local cannabis regime.

Garlow estimated the cost of establishing a local cannabis testing facility to be from $77,000 up to $408,000 — not including costs of staffing or equipment.

The remainder of the general council agenda was deferred to next meeting to address procedural issues that were incomplete.

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