Six Nations passes cannabis law

A new law will restrict where cannabis can be used and sold on Six Nations.The law, passed by the Six Nations elected council on Feb. 25, also calls for the creation of a community-driven commission to oversee implementation of the restrictions. The commission’s mandate includes annually reviewing and amending the law as necessary.“The passing of this law is aimed at providing health, wellness and safety for all members of Six Nations of the Grand River while securing economic sovereignty leaders to the prosperity of present and future generations,” the elected council said in a statement issued March 7. “As we move to transition to the next steps, a community-driven commission will be created.”The law was developed and passed after receiving feedback through a number of public meetings over last fall and winter.Under the law, smoking or vaping cannabis is prohibited in public areas, including school zones, the longhouse, church or any other building designated by the owner to be a “no smoking, no vaping” zone. Violators could be required to undergo cannabis education for a first offence and, upon a second offence pay a fine of up to $1,000. A third offence could result in a fine of up to $5,000.Cannabis is not permitted in any child-care facility, including child care provided in a private home, whether the children are present or not.The commission will be responsible for issuing permits to produce, distribute, dispense, cultivate, process and sell cannabis. Permits cost $5,000 each and the money will be put into a legal defence fund.Under the law, dispensary permits will not be issued to those who intend to sell cannabis from a building or location easily accessible by people under 19. Dispensaries are not allowed to sell to anyone under 19.The law also includes security and bookkeeping requirements.And eight per cent of gross cannabis sales must be paid to the elected council at the end of each month. Funds collected will be used to support community initiatives, including roads, parks and recreation, post-secondary education among other things.Following the legalization by the federal government of the production, sale and use of recreational cannabis in October 2018, Six Nations elected council announced plans to develop regulations.Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBall read more