Canada Licenses First Indigenous Owned and Operated Medical Marijuana Facility

Canadian regulators have licensed the nation’s first Indigenous owned and operated medical marijuana facility, it was introduced just lately. The facility, Seven Leaf, acquired a license to function as a medicinal hashish cultivator and processor beneath the Access to Cannabis For Medical Purposes Regulations from Health Canada late final month.

Seven Leaf is situated within the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on Cornwall Island, Ontario and is run by members of the Akwesasne group with expertise in horticulture, prescription drugs, regulation, and enterprise administration. 

Lewis Mitchell, the president of Seven Leaf and former Akwesasne Mohawk chief of police, stated in a press launch that the corporate is dedicated to offering alternatives for the Akwesasne group.

“The Seven Leaf team is deeply rooted in the Akwesasne community,” Mitchell stated. “We take tremendous pride in our First Nations Territory and believe in providing advancement and growth opportunities for a strong, prosperous future. We are establishing quality jobs—where our college and university graduates have something to come home for, and to stay for.”

Facility Spurs Growth

Mitchell additionally famous that Seven Leaf might spur further financial improvement for the First Nations group.

“Seven Leaf has the potential to create a new economy on Akwesasne which in turn will impact the broader Akwesasne economy with new jobs and contracting opportunities,” stated Mitchell.

Building the hashish facility has already created jobs for native individuals within the development trades and Seven Leaf has already begun hiring for its operations.

“We’re employing twenty-four people from Akwesasne, that’s phase one, once we’re totally complete, once the complete buildout is finished for maximum capacity, we expect to hire seventy-five people from this community,” Mitchell stated.

Mitchell stated that the brand new operation will present jobs on the reservation for staff of various instructional ranges. The firm expects to finish its subsequent part of hiring inside six months.

“Seven Leaf can offer steady employment for a range of work that makes it attractive for our high school and college graduates,” stated Mitchell. “We expect to have many jobs over the next year – from maintenance to growers to senior staff and everything in between.”

First Harvest By Spring

The firm has repurposed a former water bottling plant on the reservation to deal with its present operations. Seven Leaf expects to develop quickly throughout its first two years of enterprise, ultimately tripling its present manufacturing area of 84,000 sq. ft.

Mitchell stated that the power will function on a cultivation cycle of 120 days from propagation to reap. Seven Leaf expects to reap its first crop of medicinal hashish is the spring of 2019 and ought to be working at full capability by the next autumn.

Abram Benedict, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, stated that the brand new medical marijuana facility will deliver financial alternative to the reservation and applauded the approval from Canadian regulators.

“The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne shares in the celebration of the licensing of Seven Leaf,” stated Benedict. “We look forward to the positive contribution Seven Leaf will have on Akwesasne’s economy and look forward to advancing our working relationship with Health Canada to ensure our common objectives are achieved.”


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