This conference would be a good learning experience for anyone sitting on a complaint or discipline committee. - Assistant to the Registrar, College of Physicians
and Surgeons of PEI

Cannabis and Indigenous Communities

What you need to know before you take the plunge

April 2 - 3, 2019  ·  Vancouver, BC
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Suzanne Jackson, Legal Counsel, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
9:15 - 10:15
Risks, Harms and Possible Benefits of Medical and Non-medical Cannabis Use
M-J Milloy, PhD, Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Research Scientist, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use
  • What you need to know about THC and cannabinoids
  • Risks to vulnerable populations
  • Impact of cannabis use on the developing brain
  • Cannabis use and development of schizophrenia, anxiety, thoughts of suicide etc
  • Impact of cannabis on people with pain and trauma
  • What about risks relating to edibles?
  • Positive impact of cannabis on well-being of people addicted to opioids
10:15 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Jurisdictional Issues
Christopher Devlin, Partner, DGW Law
  • Federal and provincial framework for Cannabis
  • Questions relating to jurisdiction
  • How rules for growing, distribution and retail sale of cannabis will apply on reserve lands
  • What changes need to be made to Bill C-45?
  • Onerous requirements on retail applicants
11:30 - 12:15
Differences Between Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations
Deepak Anand, Independent Subject Matter Expert
  • What are the key differences
  • Steps to ensure you have enough stock for medicinal users
  • Potential for cannabis to assist with opiod addiction
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
First Licensed Recreational Cannabis Store on First Nation Land
Chief Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Manitoba)
Marc Lustig, Board Member, National Access Cannabis
  • The business case
  • What the Nation examined prior to taking the plunge
  • Advantages of partnering with a licensed producer
  • How the partnership got started
  • What were the sticking points?
  • The investment
  • The calculated risk
  • Impact on the community
  • Regulation and enforcement of the law
  • Specialty financing for the cannabis industry on a global scale
2:00 - 2:45
Two Tiered Harmonized Licensing at Kahnawake: Governance
Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • How the Council determined who should have a voice in decision making around cannabis?
  • Is cannabis a health and wellness issue or a financial and business development issue?
  • What strategic plans, business and operational plans, communication and engagement plans were required to go forward from a position of strength
  • How is risk determined and treated?
  • The need for sound bylaws, policies and terms of reference
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 3:45
How The Squaxin Island Tribe Built Its Cannabis Business
Mike Ogden, Manager, Elevation
  • Cannabis and indigenous communities in the U.S.A
  • Initial agreement with the state
  • Why? To secure the Tribe’s economic future
  • What the business consists of
  • Impact on health and social problems, drugged driving charges
  • Tax issues
  • Squaxin Island Tribe Cannabis Laws
  • Lessons learned
  • Future developments
3:45 - 4:45
Leasing, Growing, or Selling: Understanding Your Options – What Are the Benefits, Risks, Challenges and Opportunities
J. Berry Hykin, Lawyer, Woodward & Company
  • Understand the legal rights, challenges, risks and rewards pertaining to legal cannabis use, production and sale on your lands (whether you are self-governing, under the Indian Act or the Land Code) including:
    • Considerations for bylaws, laws, policies and contracts regulating cannabis, land use and businesses on reserve;
    • Establishing a relationship with a licensed grower or retailer or
    • Applying to the province for a license to grow or sell cannabis on-reserve
End of Day One



The legalization of cannabis in Canada has brought with it a conundrum for the indigenous peoples. A tough decision now faces you: do you want to get involved in this sector as an additional source of revenue or should you not get involved in a not-so-stabilised industry?

Infonex’s Cannabis & Indigenous Communities event in Vancouver is designed to tackle the very many issues and opportunities that the cannabis sector poses with a focus on:

  • Jurisdictional issues between the province and you
  • Impact on vulnerable groups already dealing with addictions
  • Law enforcement of record?
  • Policies and processes involved
  • Partnering with licensed producers

Our two-day training event, led by industry experts in the cannabis industry, aims to decode the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you should you choose to engage with this booming sector.

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