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Feedback ready for viewing on Cannabis Control Law amendments

June 6, 2024  By Local Journalism Initiative


By Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Kahnawake Cannabis Control Board posted the feedback it received from on a pair of new amendments to the community’s cannabisregulations recently.

That feedback? There’s not a lot of it, said Kahnawake Cannabis Control Board operations manager Matthew Ferrante.

“No, there’s not a lot of it,” he said. “The feedback we did get was that some of the community’s members don’t want us to adhere slavishly to Health Canada standards for such things as suppliers, providers and the like, but they have standards that have been set that we can definitely shape and mold to the community’s standards.”

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Ferrante said the KCCB will, in fact, have its own standards, but that the Health Canada standards around cannabis agriculture provide a good jumping-off point from which to proceed.

“Well, this is Kahnawake, so obviously we’re not just going to blindly follow federal regulations, but we did sort of build our laws out using that as a starting point,” he said.

In the report itself, which is available for viewing at kahnawakemakingdecisions.com, the KCCB answers this question by reminding readers that from a regulatory standpoint, Health Canada’s resources are considerable.

“It must be noted that while the ultimate goal has always been to have complete control and jurisdiction over the cannabis industry, we are not currently equipped to replace the role of Health Canada,” it said.


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