SNPD publishes statement on new marijuana laws

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations Police Services says it will uphold provincial and federal standards on the territory when recreational weed becomes legalized on October 17.

Six Nations Elected Council has been hosting a number of public information and input meetings and creating other tools to inform the people of pending changes and safety surrounding cannabis.

The SNPS statement the police are aware of the Six Nations Elected Council’s work to develop a community bylaw to manage recreational cannabis on the territory.

The statement says: “Any cannabis regime, from cultivating to distributing to ultimately selling has to be strictly regulated.  While cannabis may be legal as of October 17th, we, as a community, have to remain diligent to the impact this will have on our children, our health and community safety.  As the police service we will enforce regulations or laws that allow us to keep our children safe, keep our roadways safe, promote a healthy community and prevent organized crime elements from taking advantage of any inherent right to self government we exercise in this area.”

The police said in the statement they will be enforcing “all Provincial and Federal Regulations pertaining to regulatory, licensing and compliance requirements, until such time that the Six Nations Cannabis Control Law is enacted.”

Six Nations Police said, “It is encouraging to see Council taking the time to ensure they get the proposed Cannabis Control Law right.  For the community as a whole to enjoy any socio-economic development from this venture the proposed law must be enforceable from the police perspective.”

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