An unlicenced cannabis store is open on the Muscowpeteng First Nation, and the Saskatchewan government isn’t happy about it.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says jurisdiction over cannabis legislation falls on the province, so a licence is needed, which he is urging the operators of the store to get.
“If somebody breaks that law, then we don’t direct what the police do but the police we know are enforcing, we know SLGA is sending out letters and dealing with it,” he said. “We would urge the people there to try and apply for a license”
Morgan hopes this matter doesn’t have to go to court to be settled, but he thinks it will.
The Muscowpetung First Nation passed it’s own Cannabis legislation on Monday (Nov. 12) with 86 per cent of members voting in favour of the Cannabis/Hemp Act.
Chief Anthony Cappo says in a letter dated November 6th Muscowpetung has the authority within the numbered treaty documents to regulate the use and sale of Cannabis within their nation.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron voiced his support for the reserve’s business venture.
Cameron also said 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.
(With files from CKRM)