Since cannabis was legalized in 2018, industry profiteers in the new multibillion-dollar market have been predominantly white men. Meanwhile, Indigenous folks, who have been disproportionately criminalized for possession of cannabis, continue to be overrepresented in Canada’s weed arrests.

The Cannabis Act enabled provinces and territories to regulate the distribution and sale of cannabis. Meanwhile, the federal government was given the authority to regulate the cultivation of the plant.

First Nations were not granted the ability to regulate the distribution, sale or cultivation of cannabis on sovereign or unceded lands.

In fact, they argue that there was no meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples in the lead up to the legalization of cannabis…

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