The position paper “opposes the proposed cannabis law for multiple reasons, including but not limited to: A) its unconstitutional violation of our Aboriginal and Treaty rights on our unceded Indigenous lands, B.) the failure of Chief and Council to involve or consult with the people, C) the lack of transparency or accountability over the convoluted corporate structure created to monopolize the cannabis industry, and D) the way in which the law criminalizes Shawanaga members involved in the cannabis industry.”
The following is a written response to Shawanaga First Nation’s “Cannabis Law No. 1” that has been prepared by the High-Way 69 Medicinal Shop, a medicinal cannabis dispensary that has been operating in Shawanaga First Nation since March of 2020.
Although Band Council Chief Wayne Pamajewon insists he had nothing to do with the March 11th Anishinabek Police Services (APS) raid, documents from police suggest otherwise. The APS has agreed to meet with Hereditary Chief Riley in mid-May. From Dispensing Freedom, April
At 9:30am on Monday, March 22nd, supporters of the High-Way 69 Medical Cannabis dispensary will gather in the parking lot of the store, and then travel in a convoy to the APS station in Wasauksing First Nation which launched the raid. The convoy will be led by Chief Del Riley and will demand that the APS return the stolen medicines and apologize for the raid. Supporters are asked to bring flags and signs and wear camo to show their support.
The High-Way 69 Medicinal Cannabis Shop was not deterred by the raid and has decided to re-open and will continue providing medicinal cannabis for their customers. According to one staff member, “Our rights have been violated, and I think we have to take a stand on it. By opening up again, we’re taking a stand.”