First Nations Leadership Council Hosting BC First Nations Cannabis Forum This Week in Vancouver

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The event is complete but you can view the webcast!

The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is hosting the BC First Nations Cannabis Forum at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. This event is an opportunity for BC Chiefs, delegates, and experts to discuss the legislative and regulatory framework, First Nations jurisdiction, economic development opportunities, legal implications on-reserve and health considerations. A strategy report flowing from the forum will highlight priorities for the First Nations Leadership Council to help guide their engagement on the Joint Working Group on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis.

“The legalization of cannabis has spurred much dialogue and increased knowledge but it is critical to ground and connect information about cannabis, and government priorities, within the context of First Nations communities, and this forum will ensure our priorities and concerns are brought forward. As well, we will explore economic opportunities that may be available within this new industry,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

“The legalization of recreational cannabis has created a new and emerging marketplace. It is critical that BC First Nations have full jurisdiction within their respective territories and be provided with equal and early access to the market in order to take advantage of the significant economic opportunities the recreational cannabis industry provides. Government must also come to the table to engage with BC First Nations on revenue sharing”, said Cheryl Casimer of the First Nations Summit Political Executive. “This week’s forum will provide a much-needed opportunity for BC First Nations delegates to come together to share important information on both economic opportunities and health considerations”.

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Executive member stated, “The federal cannabis legislation was imposed without First Nations consent or involvement. With implementation of laws and regulation we must ensure that our voices are heard in the emerging medicinal and economic cannabis sector. With this in mind, it is essential that safety and good health for our communities are paramount, this First Nations Cannabis Forum is place for us to work together towards these goals.”

The event will be webcast live on the BCAFN YouTube channel.

The event agenda is available.

For more information visit the BCAFN event webpage.

You can still register!

For further information, contact:
Sarah Froese, Policy Analyst, phone (778)945-9911, BC Assembly of First Nations.

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