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MCK Seeks Community Representatives for Cannabis Control Board and Health and Safety Committee

February 14, 2019

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke is seeking three individuals to serve on the Cannabis Control Board and one individual to serve as a Community Representative on the Cannabis Health and Safety Committee.

The deadline to apply for both is Friday, March 15th at 4pm. Please see attachments below for more information:

- Cannabis Control Board - Member (3)
- Cannabis Health and Safety Committee - Community Representative (1)

- Official Press Release - February 14, 2019


Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law ENACTED

December 12, 2018

the Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law (‘the Law’) was enacted at today’s duly-convened Council Meeting.

Work on the Law began when Canada introduced its proposed Cannabis Act in April 2017.The Law was created as an assertion of Mohawk jurisdiction in response to the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018.

The main focus of the Law is to protect the health and safety of the Mohawks of Kahnawà:ke, protecting the youth by restricting their access and exposure to cannabis and cannabis by-products, and to deter illicit and illegal activities in relation to cannabis on the Territory.

While the Law has been enacted, there will be a delayed implementation of certain provisions relating to the issuance of any licenses until such a time as the Cannabis Control Board is established and the applicable regulations are enacted. As such, the Moratorium on distribution and sales of cannabis in the Territory remains in effect until these measures are implemented.

The Mohawk Council Resolution enacting the Law was passed with the support of eleven Council Chiefs, with Ratsénhaienhs Carl Horn objecting.


MCK announces potential groundbreaking economic opportunity

October 19, 2018

Polling Stations to allow Kahnawa’kehró:non to have direct input on two questions regarding Cannabis have been set.

Golden Age Club from Monday, October 22nd to Friday, October 26th.

The times are as follows:

  • Monday:         9am to 9pm
  • Tuesday:        9am to 4pm
  • Wednesday:   4pm to 9pm
  • Thursday:       9am to 4pm
  • Friday:           9am to 4pm
“As stated earlier, this poll is being conducted to gauge the community’s opinion on the sale of cannabis within the Territory,” said Ietsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby, who is responsible for developing the legal framework for cannabis in the Territory. On behalf of the MCK. “Hopefully, this will provide us with a clear indication of the community’s thoughts on this matter.”

The poll will help Chief & Council determine whether any retail cannabis licenses should be issued in the Territory. The technical survey done in 2016 was not definitive in this matter and, following the First Hearing meeting on the proposed Law on September 25th, 2018, it was determined that there was a need to gauge the community’s support or disagreement with the retailing of cannabis within the Territory.

MCK announces potential groundbreaking economic opportunity

September 13, 2018

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to announce that it is currently studying and exploring an opportunity to build and operate a state-of-the-art production and processing facility with Canopy Growth Corporation, a company that has emerged as the global leader in the field of cannabis cultivation, research and product development. For clarity, there is no agreement in place.

The MCK has issued a Kahnawà:ke Economic Development Fact Sheet to help explain the opportunity and the rationale for creating a relationship with Canopy Growth:

Kahnawà:ke Economic Development Fact Sheet

Read the press release issued September 13, 2018


Extra Feedback Period for Proposed Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law

August 30, 2018

An additional one-week community feedback period begins for the Proposed Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law. The extra Feedback period was instituted as a result of community input at the recent Information Sessions held on the proposed law. The Feedback period will end next Thursday, 6 Seskehkó:wa/September 2018 at 4pm.

Feedback can be submitted online or by speaking directly to Kenitsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby or Gina Deer, or MCK Technician Dennis Diabo at 450-632-7500. The draft law is available for viewing here.


Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law Information Session presentation

August 29, 2018

A powerpoint entitled Kahnawà:ke's Approach to Cannabis Legalization is now available for download below:

Kahnawà:ke's Approach to Cannabis Legalization


KahnawÀ:KE Cannabis Control Law Information Session

August 21, 2018

Information sessions are scheduled for the proposed Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law for 21, Seskéha/August and next Tuesday, 28 Seskéha/August.

The meetings will be used to explain the rationale for the proposed legislation, the current draft of the law with community feedback changes, and the upcoming Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) hearings.

Below are two documents for review:

Frequently Asked Questions - CannabisControlLawFAQs(Aug21-18)

Powerpoint Presentation - KahnawakeCannabisControlLawPPT(Aug21-18)

Draft Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law re-posted with feedback changes

July 23, 2018

The Draft Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law has been re-posted with community feedback changes incorporated. All the submissions received during the 30-day feedback extended period (April 11, 2018 - May 25, 2018) were studied by the Technical Drafting Committee, and as a result, there are a number of changes to the draft law. The revised draft law with the various comments and proposed amendments received from community members and organizations is now available for viewing.

Click here to view the Draft Cannabis Control Law (with changes)

A community hearing will be scheduled in the near future where all community members will be invited to further discuss the law.


Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law

May 16, 2018

The draft Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law is now posted for viewing on the Legislative Listing page and has now entered the 30-day Feedback Period, which will conclude on Friday, 25 Onerahtohkó:wa/May 2018.

Feedback can be submitted in writing or by telephone to Ietsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Technician Dennis Diabo, or by completing the Feedback Form.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is also available for review.

The KLCC had received two separate proposals for a legislation (from community member Jeremiah Johnson and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke) in October 2017. By process, the KLCC submitted a request for categorization to Chief & Council and, on 6 Kentenhkó:wa/November 2017, it was announced that the proposed legislation was confirmed as a ‘Type II’ law (laws that are regulatory in nature) in the Community Decision Making Process. 


Draft Cannabis Control Law available for Feedback


Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law Review

The draft of the proposed Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law is now available for review:

► Draft Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law
► Frequently Asked Questions

Feedback can be submitted in writing or by telephone or by feedback form to:

Ietsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby
Portfolio Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
450-632-7500, rhonda.kirby@mck.ca

Technician Dennis Diabo
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
450-632-7500, dennis.diabo@mck.ca

The review period for the law has been extended to May 25th, 2018.


MCK is researching the possibility of partnering in licensed Cannabis production

The MCK is researching the possibility of partnering in licensed cannabis production and will be doing consultation in the month of June.

The MCK will be educating the Community sson four main aspects of Legal Cannabis prior to a 30 day consultation period, which will include a technical survey. They are; Legal, Medical, Economic, and Social. The technical survey will be conducted by calling homes at random.

There will be presentations on KTV airing weekdays at 7am, 12, 6 & 11pm on Kaná:takon TV Channel 300 and 399 (Paul’s Cable), as well as a K103 Partyline Talkshow on May 19th.

For the entire month of June, the Community will have their opportunity to submit letters and speak to Kenitsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby or Gina Deer (who share the Legal Cannabis portfolio).


Pros and Cons of Medical Cannabis

Presentation on Legal Cannabis by MCK Legal Team member Suzanne Jackson


Public Information Surrounding Cannabis

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada - Government of Canada Web Page

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada - Government of Canada Attachment

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