Feb 25, 2021 – St. Mary’s First Nation Chief and Council passed a unanimous motion on Thursday February 25, 2021 placing a moratorium on any new cannabis dispensaries and/or grow operations from opening in the community. After hearing complaints regarding several new dispensaries opening in the community a motion was moved and passed with full support. The motion states “As of February 25, 2021, St. Mary’s First Nation will no longer permit any additional cannabis dispensaries and grow operations within the community. Not abiding by this motion will result in financial and legal action.” The moratorium will last until Council works with community members to determine the direction it will take on regulating cannabis dispensaries and grow operations within its borders.
A survey has been drafted and will make its way through the community regarding feedback on potential regulatory actions on these types of cannabis business that are operating within the community. Council has set the health and safety of its members, especially children, as a top focus. They have stated they wish to work with the owners of the current dispensaries in order to look at a plan that will address the concerns that have arisen relating to their business such as, increased traffic in areas with Elders and children, loitering of non-community members, proximity to our school, and the promotion and use by those who are underage. It is the goal of the Chief and Council to find a way to move forward together, but in order to do so, there must be a temporary stop so that we as a community can develop a plan.