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Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province

Cory Brewer, sovereign dispensary owner standing behind all of the products packaged for seizure by the CSU.Article source- https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/indigenous-pot-shop-owner-refuses-to-shut-down-after-being-raided-by-province/ Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province.Kelsie Kilawna - Local Journalism Initiative ReporterJun 11, 2020   Tupa’s Joint opened without provincial license. Owner Cory Brewer says he’s asserting his sovereign rights backed by his band and UNDRIP. Members of British Columbia’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) raided Tupa’s Joint, an Indigenous owned cannabis dispensary, and seized all of its products Wednesday. “They took 10 thousand dollars worth of product,” says owner Cory Brewer. Brewer, a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), opened Tupa’s Joint on May 23, 2020. The store sells cannabis and hemp products but is also a healing centre focused on cultural wellness. But Tupa’s Joint doesn’t have a provincial license to sell cannabis. Brewer says he doesn’t plan on getting one. “As far as I’m…

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British Columbia makes cannabis businesses ‘essential’ during COVID-19

British Columbia makes cannabis businesses ‘essential’ during COVID-19 Published March 27, 2020 British Columbia has designated cannabis retailers and producers as essential services, meaning regulated cannabis businesses can keep operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning,” wrote B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a press release issued Thursday. Such essential services “should and are encouraged to remain open,” says the press release, although they should adhere to COVID-19 guidance provided by B.C.’s provincial health officer. Unless explicitly ordered to close, B.C. businesses that have not been designated essential and are not included on the province’s essential services list “may stay open if (they) can adapt (their) services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the (provincial health officer).” The essential services list includes cannabis retailers and producers, along with other retail service provides, like grocery stores and liquor…

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Nipissing First Nation cannabis manufacturing plant to bring 80 jobs

Ground has broken on a 30,000-square-foot cannabis-growing facility on Nipissing First Nation. Pictured are (from left) Douglas Chevrier; Don Seguin, of general contractor DS Commercial Contracting; Natalie Payette-Chevrier, owner of Golden Harvest Organics (GHO); Adam Allard, GHO's chief operating officer. (Supplied photo) Nipissing First Nation is going to be home to a new cannabis manufacturing facility that hopes to bring more than 80 jobs to the area. Golden Harvest Organics Inc. recently broke ground on a 30,000-square-foot building. The land is owned by Natalie Payette-Chevrier. "She will be the first female First Nation entrepreneur in the country to take on a project of this size and scope," Adam Allard, chief operating officer, told BayToday. Cannabis will be grown on-site. "It's a commercial manufacturing facility," said Allard. "It's all indoor." The state-of-the-art facility will be one of the most secure in the region, second only to North Bay's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).  Mandatory security planning includes: eight-foot barbed-wire perimeter…

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