The Muscowpetung First Nation passed it’s own Cannabis legislation on Monday, and a Cannabis store on the reserve opened to the public today (Wed).
According to a spokesperson for the First Nation, 86 per cent of members voted in favour of the Cannabis/Hemp Act.
Chief Anthony Cappo says in a letter dated November 6 Muscowpetung has the authority within the numbered treaty documents to regulate the use and sale of Cannabis within their nation.
However, Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister says the province wants the store at Muscowpetung to close.
Don Morgan says the federal government gave each province the responsibility of establishing and enforcing regulations for cannabis retailers, including First Nation reserves.
He adds someone setting up shop without a provincial licence is illegal and would not be authorized. Morgan says he’s leaving it up to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority to decide on how to go about addressing the matter.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron voiced his support for Muscowpetung.
He says First Nations have the jurisdiction and authority within their respective nations to do so, adding the provincial government will face legal battles if they choose to violate treaty rights.