Reactions to AMPS Raid on Kawehno:ke

Local dispensary defies MCA, turned elsewhere for license

 

AMPS at AK420 Dispensary on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

By Kaniehtonkie

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the Akwesasne Mohawk Police executed search warrants, simultaneously, on two local businesses located on Kawehno:ke. According to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne they had not issued an interim cannabis license to either Wild Flower Cannabis Dispensary or AK420 business.

Green Chief Naturals, the third dispensary located on Kawehno:ke, was not raided. On Wednesday they stated on their Facebook page, "Green Chief Naturals remains open after yesterday's unfortunate events. We patiently await full MCA Cannabis licensing in the near future."

Indian Time received a press release from representatives of the Wild Flower Cannabis Dispensary indicating they received a license from Onkwehonweh-Neha Kanonhsesne (Indian Way Longhouse) located on 136 Jock Road, Ahkwesasne, Kanienkeh Territory.

The Wild Flower Dispensary offered this statement:

The Wild Flower Cannabis Dispensary wishes to comment on the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) search warrant which was executed at 3PM on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019:

The search warrant and the commanding officer were OPP staff. A ready response special weapons and tactics team was also located at the CBSA Cornwall Port of Entry during the building search. A weapons sweep of the premises found nothing threatening to any these officers so the reinforcements were called off.


The other dispensary on Kawehnoke that was raided had its search warrant mixed up with the Wild Flower document. Some of the officers were very nervous and at times aggressive in their demeanor while at the Wild Flower location.

Our business is a collective project undertaken by the Onkwehonweh-Neha Kanonhsesne and was duly licensed as such. This was an Indian Way Longhouse business and was not illegal. The license was mounted at eye level for anyone to examine or recognize.

The Onkwehonweh-Neha Kanonhsesne has previously issued a declaration on both the City of Cornwall land holdings as well as Ohskare as an Onkwehonweh trade good. The declarations show a land reclamation including the Dundee Land settlement as well as an endorsement of cannabis as a natural product of Creation.

The Ohskare Task Force project will continue to operate on Kawehno:ke and will be expanding to other areas of Akwesasne throughout 2019. This is our land as Kanienkehaka and we will utilize it to the fullest capacity. Non-Onkwehonweh already do by occupying our land base and hijacking the water to generate electricity for the United States and Canada.


We are saying no more coercion of Akwesasronon in Kanienke. That starts with the cannabis business licenses which will soon be opened up to other qualified applicants.

Wild Flower re-opened for business on Wednesday morning and scheduled two public meetings: one at 4pm on Wednesday at said business and another at 6pm at the Kawehno:ke Recreation Center. Their Facebook post stated, "This meeting will be about sovereignty and our ability to manage ourselves."

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne issued a statement updating information on cannabis licensing stating:

At the current time, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has not issued any licenses under the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation.

The MCA passed the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation (MCR 2018 #212), which governs the possession, use, cultivation, sale, and distribution of cannabis in Akwesasne under the jurisdiction of the MCA. The regulation includes the requirement for cannabis-related businesses to obtain a license from the MCA. The Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation took effect on October 17, 2018 when cannabis was legalized in Canada.

The MCA PR stated clearly, "Beginning on October 17, 2018, the unlicensed commercial production, distribution, possession or sale of cannabis continues to be prohibited in Akwesasne. The provisions of the Akwesasne Interim Cannabis Regulation will be enforced and violations can lead to prosecution under applicable legislation."


Adding, "The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne will continue to work diligently to ensure that an orderly transition occurs in the coming months and that a fulsome law enactment process takes place for the development of an Akwesasne Cannabis Law. The MCA is also working to ensure any licensed operations in Akwesasne have access to a safe, creditable supplier of cannabis."

According to AMPS, the Police seized unknown quantities of dried cannabis bud; cannabis concentrates commonly known as shatter, cannabis accessories and currency from AK420 Dispensary and Wild Flower Cannabis. Criminal charges from the investigation are pending and expected to be formally filed at the Cornwall Provincial Court later this week.

Chief of Police Shawn Dulude noted, "although cannabis was legalized for possession on October 17, 2018 applicable legislation defines processes for the authorization for dispensaries." The AMPS investigation is ongoing at this time and according to their PR, this investigation may involve additional persons being charged under the Cannabis Act.

The Onkwehonweh-Neha Kanonhsesne statement document on cannabis.

 

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