Cannabis law read in closed hearing

Written by on December 4, 2018

Kahnawake’s new Cannabis Control Law was formally read into the record on Tuesday morning.

According to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK), the hearing was closed because of the disruptions and threatening behaviour that occurred in previous meetings.

The law will still take several months to be enacted.

MCK Chief Rhonda Kirby said she hopes that Chief and Council will approve the Law at their next weekly meeting on Monday December 10.

The law states that there will be royalties that sellers must collect and remit to the soon to be created Cannabis Control Board. That Board of three people is yet to be appointed by the MCK.

The apparent tax on sales will be a two-tiered royalty – one for outsiders who are making their purchases in Kahnawake, and another for those purchasing from elsewhere. It’s apparent that some people have been purchasing cannabis from other locations and bringing it into the country. Whilst cannabis is legal in Canada, it’s not legal in a lot of other countries where the laws are complex when it comes to crossing state lines with cannabis. This means that it’s important to ensure that more people are purchasing their cannabis from Kahnawake, and not from countries where cannabis is illegal. Hopefully, these new laws will make it easier for cannabis users to buy from their local community.

The law also increases the legal age from the Canadian standard of 18 to 21 years of age in Kahnawake. If someone who is underage is stopped by the Peacekeepers for possessing or consuming a small amount of cannabis in Kahnawake, MCK press attache, Joe Delaronde says they might have to complete a marijuana drug test but likely won’t face prosecution. As for other locations within Canada the age will more than likely remain the same. As an example, residents will only have to be 19 to shop on the likes of this online dispensary Toronto based.

“It’s not going to be a simple matter of fines – it’s really going to be about education more than anything because of the conflict of the laws that are out there,” Delaronde said.

You can watch the entire reading of the law on K1037’s Facebook page.

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