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First Nations apply to sell marijuana at Winnipeg locations


December 18, 2017

Three Manitoba First Nations outlined plans on Friday that could see retail cannabis locations open on treaty land, including locations in downtown Winnipeg.

They have a partnership agreement with National Access Cannabis, a chain of medical cannabis access clinics with plans to open recreational marijuana dispensaries after legalization on July 1. The chain is responding to the Manitoba government's request for proposals to operate retail cannabis locations in the province.

The agreement includes Opaskwayak Cree Nation, which is a major investor in National Access Cannabis, as well as Long Plain First Nation and Peguis First Nation.

The business partnership is in line with the federal government's stance that Indigenous communities should be able to participate in the legal cannabis economy, said Chief Christian Sinclair of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation during a press conference.


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