It has now been a year since Canada’s Cannabis Act came into force and although the Federal Government had an opportunity to include Indigenous governments in its legislation, it failed to do so. Under the current Cannabis Act, the federal government controls production and processing, but has delegated distribution and sale of recreational cannabis solely to the provinces. The recognition of Indigenous governments is noticeably absent.
Legalization of recreational cannabis has presented both challenges and opportunities. However, Indigenous exclusion in this sector has provided an impetus for many communities to design their own systems.
It is critical that these systems reflect community identity, priorities and concerns and regulate commercial activities in their communities.
Whether your focus is on strengthening regulation in your community or expanding opportunities to participate in a broader market, Westaway Law can help you design strategies that align with your vision and existing laws and to engage members and government.